During last year’s edition of the WWE Draft, Hit Row was called up to the WWE main roster, which certainly surprised many fans. The faction was currently part of Friday Night Smackdown and finally made their debut in October. It seems B-Fab’s release really affected Shane Strickland.

Unfortunately, B-Fab from Hit Row was released by WWE back in November last year. That was not all as the company ended up releasing the remaining Hit Row members later in that month as well.

Hit Row members Top Dolla, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and Ashante “Thee” Adonis had all been released by the company, which definitely shocked and infuriated fans all over the world.

While speaking with The Wrestling Classic, Scott, who now goes by the name Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland, talked about his run in WWE. Strickland admitted that he stopped caring about his WWE run and lost interest entirely after B-Fab was released by the company.

“As far as what happened with Briana (Brandy), we were on a flight and her flight got canceled. So we were like, ‘Oh, okay.’ So, Top Dolla ended up calling and saying, ‘Hey, is everything okay?’ Yada, yada, checking in with them and they’re like, ‘Oh no. It’s just… she’s not needed at the time.’ We’re like, ‘Okay.’

So we got on the flight. We see our Wi-Fi on the plane, we’re seeing the internet just blowing up, all these releases are happening and they saw Briana’s name. We’re like, ‘Woah, what?’ So they didn’t even tell us that. It just happened and then so, I guess like us asking about, inquiring about what was going on was like an issue for them in the office so we were like, ‘Oh wow.’ So that was one of the things. Just, I feel like they got frustrated with the group because they wanted — you had The New Day, you had Hurt Business and all that so, it was just they didn’t know what to do with us and they ended up just letting us go.

Truth be told, after Briana (Brandy) got let go, it kind of, for me, I kind of lost the interest anyway. I’m a person that’s 100 percent go or not so they’re not 100 percent behind me, it’s like, okay, I can’t be 100 percent behind this project. So it’s cool. Y’all gonna do — WWE is gonna WWE.

They’re gonna do what they do, they have what they want and they’re happy with what they got. I’m not necessarily happy with what I’m noticing with the product change but they’re happy with it. It’s their money, it’s their product, it’s their investors so, give them what they wanna give them and if I don’t fit in that, cool. I’ll go do some other s**t anyway because honestly, the schedule moved too slow for me.

I’m on a busy schedule, I’m like flying here to here. I’m not gonna be home for like 12 days, I’m in the studio with — working on music with one of Kanye (West’s) producers, so, like I said, y’all move too slow. I need to move, so, and like, it’s good to be on my own with this kind of stuff too.”

Strickland made his return to the pro wrestling world at the recent NJPW STRONG Rival taping, where he squared off against Jay White. Hit Row is set to reunite during a wrestling event next month as well. We will have to wait and see if the four talents will work in the same company again in the future.

h/t to POST Wrestling for the quotes

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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