Former WWE Tag Team Champion Scotty 2 Hotty has discussed the reasons behind him leaving his job as a coach at the WWE Performance Center.
In November 2021, Scott Garland, better known as Scott Taylor or Scotty 2 Hotty requested his release from WWE where he had been working as a coach in NXT.
Now in conversation with Chris Van Vliet, Scotty 2 Hotty discussed his thoughts about the numerous releases made by WWE in 2021 as the company sought to slash its budget and how they ultimately played a part in his own decision to walk away from the company:
“It was over the last couple of months. Once the pandemic happened and all the releases started happening, I think the releases took a big toll on me. When I became a coach, I had no idea how much I would love that job, and those guys are then like your children.”
“You create these relationships with people, and you see them get released, and you find out with everyone else when they come up on Twitter. My buddy in Nashville texted me ‘Oh the releases are happening again…’ So then I jump on Twitter and I see somebody released that was in my class and I just saw 3 hours before. That’s how I am finding out, and dude, this is not cool.”
Garland also mentioned that he also had a problem when the company started doing group texts about releases before the talent themselves were made aware they were out of a job:
“No, towards the end they started doing a group text when they let people go. That was one of my beefs when I left. I don’t want to know when talents are getting released before they do. But once it’s done, can’t you send something out to you know, have an intern who is sitting beside the person doing the cuts send a text to their coach and say ‘Hey I just want to let you know [this person has been released].’”
“Me and some of the other coaches had talent texting us saying ‘Hey thanks for everything.’ and we respond with ‘Hey no problem. It’s great having you in class.’ And we think they are talking about being in class today, but no they’ve just got cut. There were just so many releases, and I wasn’t having fun, and I saw people outside that appeared to be having fun.”
Since leaving WWE, Garland wasted little time in getting back in the ring, facing Joey Janela at GCW Die For This on January 1st. The bout marked his first in-ring appearance since November 2016.
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