Buddy Murphy has discussed how he felt in WWE when he was showing up every week but not being used, while others got vignettes on TV while staying at home.
Murphy was released from his WWE contract on the 2nd of June along with former WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett as budget cuts continue to affect the roster.
“I feel like when you’re in that in that system, you break it down into ways that everything’s… you take a lot of the stuff personally, right? I don’t know how much I should say or not say but Black wasn’t on television for a while and he came back with his new character and his vignettes started playing but he wasn’t showing up at TV. He didn’t have to be present at TV. So once my storyline with the Mysterios got dropped overnight without me being told, I was showing up at TV every week. I was there. So you have two guys in a similar position: One gets to stay home and then I have to come in and realise that… not even realised, but I felt like they were rubbing my nose in it and going, ‘You love wrestling? Well, you can’t do it.'”
“When all I wanted to do was what I was doing before, I want to contribute, I want to earn my paycheck, I want to do what I’ve honed for 15 years. Whether they did it intentionally? I don’t know, I don’t think so. But I felt like they were rubbing my nose in it. Like, ‘This is what you want? You want to be in the biggest wrestling company in the world? You want to perform in that ring? Well, here it all is, you’ve made it. But you’re not allowed to do what you love.’ It’s bittersweet and that’s what makes me turn away from the product a little bit.”
Buddy Murphy also discussed getting a worried phone call from the WWE office after his release who thought Murphy’s non-compete clause only lasted thirty days instead of ninety, only to discover they had the wrong man.