WWE SmackDown superstar and former WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick released an emotional statement on his official Twitter account regarding the news that he has been released by the company amid cutbacks related to COVID-19, but noted that the company are allowing him to compete in the NXT Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament before his departure.
“So, I just got off the phone with WWE Talent Relations’ Mark Carrano who literally told me that as of today, I have been released from my WWE contract and due to the current climate, the current climate with what’s going on in the world, like everybody else, where I probably didn’t take this as serious as it is at the beginning, but it’s affecting people’s lives, it’s affecting people’s jobs and it’s affecting the way people make a living.
I’m very fortunate that WWE is still allowing me to compete in the NXT Interim Cruiserweight Title tournament, but it’s very likely that those will be the last matches that I ever have. There’s a lot of people that I’m not gonna get a chance to say goodbye to, that I really loved, that I really cared about. They make me a better person and again, I’m very grateful that I get that, other people won’t get that, but if these are the last 3 matches I have, I just want everyone watching at home to know you’ll have my all, you’ll have my everything.
It’s not about a title anymore, it’s about my life, it’s about feeding my family, paying my bills, so if I don’t make an impression, if I don’t win, that’s it for me, so I just want everybody to know that you’re all going to get everything I have.”
— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) April 15, 2020