Scotty 2 Hotty, who worked as coach for developmental wrestlers in NXT, has asked for his release. In a Twitter post, he said that he’s always promised himself that if he was just doing a job for the paycheck, he’d quit. It appears the repackaging of the black and gold brand to the colorful NXT 2.0 was the reason for the move.

Scotty said coaching in NXT has been the highlight of his life. He expressed thanks for the opportunity to live his dream. Now, he’s ready for his next adventure.

“Today, I have asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 30 years ago I stepped into a WWE ring for the very first time. I have lived my dream 100 times over. Some of my most special memories will always be from the last five years working with NXT.

The black and gold brand was something special and I am proud to have been a small part of that. I always promised myself that I would never be part of something solely for the paycheck and that was where I was at. I told myself that I would walk away if I ever got to that point, so that is what I have chosen to do.


Coaching and producing the stars of NXT will always be a highlight of my life. I love you all more than you will ever know.

NXT has taken a dramatic turn in direction since the re-branding. With shorter matches and a wildly different presentation, the focus has been taken off in-ring action in favor of a more pure-entertainment based product. Veteran wrestlers are on the chopping block in lieu of younger, less experienced talent from worlds other than pro wrestling. Scotty 2 Hotty has seen enough.

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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