Top Dolla (AJ Francis) was the hype man for Hit Row in WWE. The group never had a chance to get over on the main roster. Shortly after being drafted to SmackDown, the entire group was released from the company.

Francis told Busted Open Radio that during a SmackDown segment with Sami Zayn, he asked if the audio in the arena could be adjusted for Hit Row’s promo, as loud music was playing. Somebody said something disrespectful over the headset. He said several WWE producers apologized to him for the incident.

“When we were on SmackDown, we did the segment with Sami (Zayn). We were rehearsing the segment. The audio was really loud in the arena. I politely asked, ‘Do you think we can turn down the audio in the arena a little bit just so that the people in the arena, because they were playing music, so that the people in the arena could hear what we were saying and we could get a reaction from it’.

“I don’t know what was said, but something was said about me over the headset that was so disrespectful, that three different producers who heard it on the headset came up to me and apologized to me afterwards, even though I didn’t even hear what was said. Clearly something was said that was very wild and disrespectful because they felt the need to apologize to me for something I didn’t even know.


“If I would have heard it and said anything back, then I’m disgruntled, and I’m aggressive, and I’m the angry Black man. It’s unfortunate the way that things shape out, but at the end of the day, I’m not telling nobody to never watch WWE again. I’m going to watch WWE. I’m not sitting here pretending that I’m not. I watch everything. But also, that’s not the end all, be all. That’s not where we have to be, to be successful. We are more than capable of going anywhere in this world and making the same impact.”

Top Dolla also said he complained to the front office when B-Fab was released. Rumors have circulated that his social media freestyles were seen as a problem by WWE officials. His willingness to complain to higher ups and the negative reaction to his raps certainly didn’t help the rest of the team from being let go.

What do you think of the way Top Dolla was spoken to in the locker room? Let us know in the comments!

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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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