When Bray Wyatt was released by WWE on July 31st, his departure from the company took the wrestling world by surprise.
While with WWE, Wyatt had been a multiple time World Champion as well as portraying more than one very unique character. ‘The Fiend’s’ release came at a time when WWE have already released a large number of Superstars, reportedly as cost-cutting measures.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, the legendary announcer gave his own thoughts on the situation. Ross suggested that Wyatt’s salary may have played a role in his departure. However, JR explained that the situation was the result of poor management, as it made no sense to pay Wyatt so much, but fail to use him on television.
“There’s politics nowadays because of the immense salaries,” Ross said. “Bray Wyatt gets cut, he’s got to be making north of a million on a downside guarantee and he’s been sitting home. That’s not good management.”
“I’m not saying the guy should’ve been cut, he should’ve been used if you’re going to pay him that kind of cash. How that happened is a story for another day because I don’t know the details. I do know they got rid of a very talented kid and I’m sure he won’t have any issues finding work.”
Ross also discussed the idea of AEW potentially adding more Championships. The WWE Hall of Famer said that he doesn’t feel more belts are necessary as the company is doing the right thing in making their current title’s appear important.
“AEW doesn’t have a Junior Heavyweight Title, I’m not advocating it either,” Ross said. “Too many titles really spoils the soup for me, you don’t need that many. I heard somebody say the other day they hoped AEW had a six-man tag title and I wouldn’t be against it but it wouldn’t be something I’d be breaking my door down and running up and down the halls for.”
“It’s hard to maintain a positive focus on multiple titles. Which one is the most important? I think that the trend nowadays is let’s just add more titles, it’ll solve our issues. No, it doesn’t and if you get too many they become watered down. I’m very proud of the fact that in AEW we have three primary titles. One for the women and then two singles titles for the men. I think that’s about right, if you’re a female competitor you know what your goal is.
The TNT title that Miro is holding is certainly one that is reminiscent of a TV Title in my opinion. I’m not lessening it, that’s just what it reminds me of. Of course the big title is the one Kenny Omega is holding, I think we’re doing that right. Just adding titles to make talent happy is really bullsh*t.”
Since being released, Wyatt has remained mostly silent. However, the former WWE Superstar recently hinted that ‘The Fiend’ may continue outside of WWE. Posting on social media, Wyatt shared a cryptic photo with the caption, “You can’t kill it.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.