Drake Wuertz was released from WWE and the former NXT referee already has an indie wrestling date on the calendar. When it comes to his NXT release, he was expecting that to a certain degree.

Wuertz attention was greatly preoccupied away from WWE during his final stretch with the company. He even missed an NXT television taping so he could attend a school board meeting and yell about mask mandates while spreading unfounded QAnon conspiracy theories.

While speaking on Fireside Chat, Wuertz opened up about his release. Drake Younger revealed that his heart wasn’t in his referee job for the past six months with the company. It really didn’t come as a huge surprise that he was let go.

“I was expecting it. My heart had not been in it for the past six months. It got to the point where I didn’t feel right about the atmosphere and I was just coming to work for the paycheck. When it gets to that point, it’s time to step away. I went into work to go to Terry Taylor’s class and was called into the office. Canyon Ceman let me know I was being let go. It wasn’t surprising. They let me go say goodbye to the coaches I was closest with, Terry Taylor and Matt Bloom. It was bittersweet because I spent more time there than I did my own family.”


“It wasn’t my performance. My performance never wavered and the trust in the ring never wavered. I was frequently requested by top talent.”

We will have to see if Drake Younger ends up with another pro wrestling company. It seems that he is keeping himself occupied at this point. NXT will carry on without him, but he wasn’t the only referee who was released that day as Jake Clemons also received his notice.

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