Released WWE Star Announces Retirement Plans Are “Off The Table”


A former WWE star confirms retirement plans have been called off for the time being.

On August 6th, 2021, Anthony Henry, then named Asher Hale, was released from WWE, alongside the likes of Mercedes Martinez, Bobby Fish, Leon Ruff & Bronson Reed. Following his release, Henry posted a message on his social media accounts expressing his disappointment at the way his run in NXT had ended and uncertainty about his long-term future in the wrestling business.

“So now I have 30 days to think about what I want to do. I can finish up my career and say “it was fun while it lasted”, or I can come back reinvigorated and ready to show the world who and what I am about. I’ll definitely be back, I just don’t know if it will be a long-term deal or not. Let’s hope that I can find that passion again, and come out of this better than ever!”

However, following an encounter against Colt Cabana at Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor, Henry posted an update on his Twitter account.

“Funny how quickly things change. Don’t know how much I can say, but I can say that all “retirement” plans are now off the table. Wrestling, you are stuck with me for a while.”

Henry was signed to WWE in early 2021, making his on-screen debut in a losing effort against Cameron Grimes. Afterwards, Henry would spend most of his NXT run wrestling on 205 Live.

After the end of his 30-day no-compete clause, Henry performed in several indie promotions including IWTV, DPW and Warrior Wrestling, as well as working a number of matches for AEW losing to the likes of Eddie Kingston, Bryan Danielson, Konosuke Takeshita and Hook.