After being released by WWE on April 15, Drake Maverick posted a tearful video on social media in which he announced he would still be competing in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and that he would give fans everything he has in what could be his last three matches.
Maverick ultimately made it to the final, and despite losing to El Hijo Del Fantasma, WWE offered Spud a new contract and he will remain with the company for the foreseeable future.
Triple H commented on the wrestling behemoth re-signing the former 205 Live General Manager during a media call ahead of NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
The Game said: "The Drake situation came about, you know, we already had the tournament booked out, and I believe we already had it promoted at that time. And then the releases happen which were horrible. No one wants to see anybody lose their job, especially in the world right now, but a lot of companies around the world are having to make tough business decisions in this moment in time to ensure that they are still there as this continues on, and difficult decisions were made.
"He was given the option of continuing in the tournament, he wanted to and wanted to prove he could still be here. If you've met him or know him at all, he is just one of the most passionate guys and loves WWE. Just wants to be here, it's his dream, the whole thing. Couldn't be a better guy. As we said, in the moment of time when the release happened it wasn't like he was involved in anything so it just happened the way it did.
"But through the process of this tournament, man, he just captured people's hearts, he captured their imaginations and he earned that spot. It was already out there in the biggest way possible, so you either ignore it or you turn it into something and we turned it into something based off of him and his performances. And I’m thrilled, personally thrilled for him that he can continue to do what he loves doing and what he dreamed about doing and that he has that opportunity going forward."