Scotty 2 Hotty was one of the mainstays of WWE’s Attitude Era and also during the Ruthless Aggression Era. After getting released by the company in 2007, he returned as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center in 2016. However, he would request his release from the company a couple of months ago.

WWE has been releasing several employees including WWE Superstars for the past few months. This began with the release of Superstars such as Chelsea Green and Mickie James in April last year. An astounding number of talents have been released last year.

Back in June, WWE held yet another round of cuts from the company and it included several big names. Among them include the likes of Aleister Black and Buddy Murphy. Unfortunately, WWE released several Superstars again a couple of weeks ago. This included the likes of Nia Jax, Karrion Kross, Keith Lee, Mia Yim and more.

That was not all as WWE has released even more talents. This included the likes of John Morrison, Drake Maverick, Tegan Nox. Then Jeff Hardy was also released while Toni Storm requested her release back in December.


While speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Scotty 2 Hotty talked about him leaving WWE. Hotty admitted that the company releasing so many talents over the course of the past couple of years took its toll on him.

It was over the last couple of months. Once the pandemic happened and all the releases started happening, I think the releases took a big toll on me. When I became a coach, I had no idea how much I would love that job, and those guys are then like your children. You create these relationships with people, and you see them get released, and you find out with everyone else when they come up on Twitter. My buddy in Nashville texted me, ‘Oh, the releases are happening again…’ So then I jump on Twitter and I see somebody released that was in my class and I just saw [them] 3 hours before. That’s how I am finding out, and dude, this is not cool.

No, towards the end they started doing a group text when they let people go. That was one of my beefs when I left. I don’t want to know when talents are getting released before they do. But once it’s done, can’t you send something out to you know, have an intern who is sitting beside the person doing the cuts send a text to their coach and say, ‘Hey, I just want to let you know [this person has been released].’ Me and some of the other coaches had talent texting us saying, ‘Hey, thanks for everything’ and we respond with, ‘Hey, no problem. It’s great having you in class.’ And we think they are talking about being in class today, but no, they’ve just got cut. There were just so many releases, and I wasn’t having fun, and I saw people outside that appeared to be having fun.

Scotty 2 Hotty recently squared off against Joey Janela at Game Changer Wrestling’s ‘Die For This’ show. We will have to wait and see what is next in store for the former WWE talent.

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