Steve Cutler was fired from WWE after Vince McMahon was livid with him for testing positive for COVID-19. His release nixed a much larger angle on the SmackDown brand.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE’s plan was for a six-man feud between Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio and Murphy vs King Corbin and his Knights of the Lone Wolf. Since Steve Cutler was fired, they nixed that entire angle.
“[Cutler is] out, he’s now a free agent. [Murphy] isn’t being used because there is no spot for him. They booked him into this thing with Aalyah and now they haven’t been able to get out of it. It was gonna be Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, and Murphy against Corbin, Wesley Blake, and Steve Cutler. Well, you take Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler out then there’s no place for Murphy unless you wanna make these Dominik Mysterio matches 3 on 1 instead of 2 on 1. So, they decided to go with the 2 on 1 so, Buddy Murphy don’t got a spot.”
Murphy has been around SmackDown for the past few weeks. This was exclusively reported by Ringside News. They haven’t been able to figure out anything for him yet, because the company’s plans for his in-ring return were apparently nixed with Steve Cutler’s release. Now it’s back to the drawing board for Aalyah Mysterio’s boyfriend.
Transcription by Ringside News