Jaxson Ryker signed with WWE in 2017 amid much fanfare. After being placed in the “Forgotten Sons” tag team with Wesley Blake and being repackaged as Steve Cutler, he received the edgier name and a bigger push. It all fell apart in June of 2020 when he made comments supporting Donald Trump at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

After a promising start with WWE, Ryker received criticism from several of his peers and was never got far beyond a mid card feud with Elias on the main roster. He also previously worked in TNA, where he was a television champion and a tag champion. Now, he’s been released by WWE. He took to Instagram to reflect on his release.

“Her and mom got my back! As for me and my house…..we will serve the Lord”

Ryker was referring to the photo he shared, which included his daughter getting a piggyback ride in a Lowes parking lot. Some wrestling personalities responded positively to the post. Dexter Lumis and Elijah Burke were at the top of the list. Commenting was limited, most likely to avoid trolls at what must be a tough time for Jaxson Ryker and his family.


After the photo with his daughter, he posted an additional video. He quoted scripture in the video. He explained that he’s looking to a higher power to find out what’s next.

“Yes, I was released by WWE last night. But, you know what? As for me and my house, we serve the lord. And I believe by looking back on my life and the things that’s happened in my life, God has so much more planned. I know that.”

Jaxson Ryker was one of several WWE talents released. It was yet another round of the mass firings that the company has faced fan backlash over time and time again. The remainder of Hit Row, Tegan Nox, Shane Thorne, and Drake Maverick were also given their walking papers.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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