Shane Strickland, formerly known as Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in WWE, says he’s proud of what he accomplished with the company. Starting with a run in NXT where Strickland was a member of the Hit Row faction through the sudden release of the entire group just after being called up to the main roster, he experienced quite a ride. Now that he’s got a little more time, Swerve has returned to podcasting.

In his first “Swerve City” show since leaving WWE, Shane talked about his time there. He discussed his release from the company and his time with Hit Row. Overall, he’s proud of his time in WWE.

“When the release happened I was upset. It was more of an embarrassment to my family because I felt like I was like, I let them down because I talked up so much about how everything was going to be okay, everything is going to be I’m going to exceed the expectations. We’re doing something that’s never been done, yadda yadda yadda.

It felt like it was like now it was thrown back in my face. But I looked around. It took me a couple of days, two days, I looked around and got on the phone with my mans, talk to my peoples. We talked about all the possibilities that are out there right now. We had a good, long [talk] I spoke with the lady, I spoke with — I’m still trying to tiptoe back into the family.


I’m getting better at it. But once again, I look around and I’m appreciative of all that I’ve accomplished. Everything that I’ve done in the WWE, I’m proud of. I was able to — I learned to rap three years ago and I was able to do it on the USA Network, live, with my friends in the audience watching. I was able to do it live. One take like, no cuts, live on the USA Network, in front of hundreds of thousands of people watching at home, in front of my friends and family that were there and live in attendance.”

Hit Row also included B-Fab, Top Dolla, and Ashante Adonis. The group was drafted to SmackDown in October. B-Fab was released first. The rest of the group got their walking papers from WWE shortly thereafter.

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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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