Former SmackDown star AJ Francis recalls speaking up on behalf of Hit Row, begging for the faction to be put to work on house shows!
Hit Row, consisting of Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Top Dolla, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and B-Fab, was formed back in May 2021 on NXT. The group quickly gained popularity before being called up to SmackDown during Night One of the latest WWE Draft in October.
To the surprise of many, B-Fab was one of 18 WWE Superstars released from the company on November 4th, only weeks after debuting on the blue brands and reportedly only a week after signing a new deal with WWE. The rest of her stablemates were released shortly thereafter on November 18th.
Speaking in a new interview on the Public Enemies Podcast, AJ Francis (formerly known as Top Dolla) recalled conversations with John Laurinaitis about the faction’s schedule, asking to work house shows after B-Fab’s release.
“They never had nothing for us, man. Even after Briana [B-Fab] got released, we went to Connecticut and we had to beg John Laurinaitis to put us on the Christmas tour. We were like, ‘Yo, we wanna work house shows. We want to work on our craft.’ We went out of our way to tell them that.”
However, the company wasn’t interested, and Francis recalls the frustration at being told there were no plans for the faction in WWE as the company wanted to take its time.
“Even after we got drafted, we were like, ‘All right, so we gonna start house shows this week? They were like, ‘No, we’re gonna take our time.’ Even before we got drafted they had Bronson Steiner [Bron Breakker] on house shows in England because they had a plan for him. See what I’m saying? They didn’t have a plan for us.”
After being released, the former B-Fab called WWE contracts a “sad & scary situation.”