Buddy Murphy has advocated for extra help to be given to international superstars who find themselves out of work following their release from WWE.
Murphy was one of several stars released from his WWE contract at the beginning of June alongside former WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett. Of those six Murhpy is Australian and Black is Dutch, meaning their status to remain and live in the US could be dependent on their employment status.
The former Raw Tag Team Champion has previously noted that WWE called him in a panic after his release with the office thinking he had only a thirty-day non-compete clause as part of his contract rather than the main roster standard of ninety. Murphy discussed feeling dread himself at the thought that his time to arrange his future might have been cut by a third. In the end, it emerged that they had got the wrong released star with Aleister Black debuting in AEW as Malakai Black recently.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Buddy Murphy detailed his concerns saying something should be done to give more support to international stars.
“Imagine you had to pack your life up and you had 10 pairs of shoes. You then had to narrow it down to one pair of shoes to bring to your next life. For no reason, for a budget cut. It’s disheartening when you break it down like that. A budget cut could cost me my life, I have dogs, I own a house. I know The IIconics have been very open about it. I think a system needs to come out. They do these programs with substance abuse, there needs to be something with internationals after it happens. You give me money and tools to build a life, and on a budget cut, it gets torn up. It’s disheartening. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, at the end of August we will see what is next.”
The former IIconics Cassie Lee and Jessie McKay were released from their WWE contracts in April. The compatriots of Buddy Murphy have previously mentioned that they are unable to earn money due to their status in the US following their releases. The duo recently started their own podcast, Off Her Chops, but are unable to earn anything from it for the time being. The duo’s ninety-day non-compete clause is now up so fans are waiting to see what the popular pair do next, with Cassie Lee already hinting at her next move.