WWE released Bronson Reed from his NXT contract back in August as the company believed Reed simply didn’t fit the new vision of the brand. WWE also had plans for Bronson Reed on the main roster prior to his release. It seems WWE made false promises to Bronson Reed.

Bronson Reed also previously revealed that WWE told him to smile more. He even previously called out Miro after his WWE release, making his intentions clear.

While speaking with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture, Reed, who now goes by the name JONAH, talked about his time in WWE. JONAH claimed that WWE higher-ups assured him that he was not going to get released. However, that turned out to not be the case.

“It’s definitely not good for morale [mass WWE releases], I’ve spoken to people who are still there, it just puts people on edge, people walking around on eggshells and stuff like that,” said JONAH. “For example, when the first few rounds of cuts happened; which are never good when someone gets released. I was one of those people that never worried about it. I never thought I was going to be released.”


From speaking to some of the higher ups in WWE, they always said things like, ‘You’re gonna have a job for a long time’ and not to worry. Then when I was released, people that are close to me in NXT and WWE are now worried for themselves… I think a lot of people put their faith into the talent that, ‘Of course you’re not gonna be released, you’re too talented.’ But I don’t think it’s about that. I don’t know a hundred percent why they were doing the releases, they always cite things like budget cuts but it’s definitely not budget cuts {laughs}. I am not a hundred percent sure why but it can happen to anyone.”

JONAH made his debut in NJPW last month and since then has been having a great time wrestling everywhere he wants to. He was also announced as the first entrant in PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament, which will be held on January 29 and 30 next year.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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