Buddy Murphy has discussed his release from WWE with the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion saying the company thought he only had a thirty-day non-compete clause in his contract, only to find out they got the wrong man whose name started with B.
Murphy received his release from WWE on the 2nd of June 2021 alongside Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett. Everybody believed that all of these competitors would be subject to WWE’s usual ninety-day non-compete clause which prevents them from working for another major organisation during that time.
Fans were already making their calculations and working out that ninety days after their reported release falls on August 31st. Tantalisingly AEW’s All Out pay-per-view is set to be held on September 5th with some hoping for a surprise debut at that event.
The surprise came sooner than most fans realised with Aleister Black debuting at AEW Road Rager on Wednesday night. Now known as Malakai Black, he dropped both Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes with his Black Mass spin kick to send the crowd in Miami wild.
It soon emerged that Black’s contract had not been updated from his days in NXT, where the standard release clause is thirty days rather than ninety.
“Oh, I’ll give it to you straight here: I actually received a phone call from the office, the day after I was released, saying that they received an email saying that they had messed up and that my contract was only 30 days non-compete and that if I wanted to prolong it to the 90 days, that they would do that for me. I thought that was weird as I was a budget cut, but you’re still willing to pay me in over two months. But it wasn’t me. I received my letter which said August 31st. So August 31st is my date. But also when it comes to the visa situation, the more time I have, the better so I can get prepared. So even if they gave me an out, I have to take it for my life, to get ready.”
As Murphy is Australian he will require a visa to work in the US much like his former colleagues Cassie Lee and Jessie McKay. The former IIconics recently revealed they cannot earn money from work in the US at the moment following their own WWE release.
Buddy Murphy continued, saying that whoever called him sounded relieved and wondered how the mix-up could have happened:
“They thought it was me. They thought it was me and I informed them that it wasn’t because I received the letter and it has this date and then it just turned to relief. It went from panic to relief on the voice and then they moved on. So yeah, they thought it was me and they were panicking until I told them that on my letter it says August 31st.”
“Well, I think that they just panicked a little bit or obviously they got the name mixed up with someone, but it wasn’t me. So whether Buddy and Aleister got mixed up, Buddy or Black, you know they both have Bs? They called me and I said, ‘Not me.'”
Buddy Murphy may currently be waiting for his next role in wrestling but he is keeping himself in tip-top condition as a recent picture on social media shows.