Erick Rowan, now known as Erick Redbeard, has shared his thoughts on the release of his former Wyatt Family brother Braun Strowman from WWE.
Strowman was among six names released by the company on the 2nd of June. Former NXT Champion Aleister Black, Ruby Riott, Lana, Buddy Murphy, and NXT star Santana Garrett were also let go for what Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis called budget reasons. These releases came less than two months after a slew of talents including Samoa Joe and The IIconics were also released from the company. In May, NXT also lost some stars including former NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream.
One man who knows how it feels to be let go by WWE is the former Erick Rowan. Rowan was released from his WWE contract on the 15th of April, 2020 in that year’s roster clearout. Now speaking to SK Wrestling, Rowan has given his thoughts on Strowman’s release and alluded to the fact it could have been to do with ‘The Monster Among Men’s’ monster contract.
“You know, a year ago, I was in the same position. That’s what you get when you sign that big-money contract. It’s not guaranteed money, man! (laughs). Nothing in this world is guaranteed. Just get back on, just get back on the horse and keep moving on, man.”
Rowan last appeared on a televised wrestling show on AEW’s Celebration of Life for Rowan’s former tag team partner Brodie Lee. Rowan has since paid a permanent tribute to the late Lee in the form of a tattoo symbolising their time together as a team.
WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash recently sent some words of encouragement Braun Strowman’s way. Nash told Strowman the only motivation that he should need is to “look in the f*cking mirror.”