Following last year’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House event, Triple H gave an emotional speech about inclusion on the WWE roster. He addressed the Black Lives Matter movement and showed his full support. That move received a lot of praise from the locker room, but not everyone was a fan of the message.
WWE released Drake Wuertz from his contract today. This was followed by a report that some NXT Superstars didn’t feel safe around him. He was also warned about political plays backstage.
According to Fightful Select, Drake Wuertz was outwardly furious during Triple H’s speech in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. During Triple H’s speech, Wuertz gathered up his things in an aggressive manner and left when religions was mentioned as a part of the inclusion that NXT wants to represent .
We were told that when “religions” were mentioned, Wuertz’s attitude immediately changed, and he aggressively gathered his belongings and left.
It was also reported that “there were a couple instances” where minorities within NXT “took exception to the way things were worded by Wuertz.” It was said that one specific situation included EJ Nduka feeling like he needed to “get physical” with the now-fired referee.
The report also stated that “there were numerous times when talent, specifically people of color, went to NXT higher ups about situations like this.”
Drake Wuertz has already started contacting other pro wrestling companies looking for work. He came to WW from the world of deathmatch wrestling, so he might be looking to get back into that. We will continue monitoring Drake’s actions to see what he decides to do next.