Arturo Ruas was released from WWE NXT, but just days prior to that the company still had plans for him. The Diamond Mine stable had just debuted on NXT and Ruas was set to be a part of that new faction on the black and gold brand. Sadly, it never happened.
It was previously reported that both Ruas and Marina Shafir were supposed to be in the Diamond Mine faction. They were both released instead of joining that new faction on television.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Ruas discussed those nixed plans and how he would have liked for that situation to have worked out better for him.
“Everybody has their role. I don’t believe that a writer or producer would be able or allowed to tell you that you’re going to be cut. They have to tell you something, but don’t tell me that you’re pulling me off to put me back.”
“Just tell me, ‘Dude, it’s over for you. I don’t know what what is next, but it’s over for you,’ and I will know right away that something is off. But don’t tell me that you’re going to put me back. But that’s fine. Maybe that person that called me never knew what was happening because it’s crazy. Everything changes so fast, and changes will happen no matter what. You have to be prepared.”
Ruas is now known as Adrian Jaoude once again following his release, and he had a lot of potential in NXT. Vince McMahon also called up the man with an exceptional amateur wrestling background to compete on RAW Underground before that weekly segment was nixed due to pandemic concerns.
Now Ruas is on his own and fans could see him appear elsewhere as soon as his non-compete clause is over.
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