Roderick Strong is one of the few remaining veterans in NXT from the days when the top stars all came from the independent ranks. Strong has a long history as an excellent in-ring performer and can always deliver a good match. Despite showing up for work every week and being a professional, Roddy is reportedly unhappy with a lot of things about his position in WWE.
In May, it was reported that Roderick Strong asked for his release from WWE. That request was denied. Strong seems to be stuck in limbo on the developmental brand, even though he has a long time remaining on his contract.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about Roderick Strong’s situation in WWE. Roddy was described as feeling ‘beaten down’ by his status in NXT. He’s still showing up, but he doesn’t want to be there.
“Roderick’s fantastic, but, you know, he’s pretty beaten down. I’m not talking about physically, I mean I’m talking about just the way he’s booked and everything like that. You know, and he’s asked to get out, he’s not allowed to get out. So, he’s in that weird state, you know, where he’s somewhere he doesn’t want to be basically.”
Roderick Strong is currently involved in a storyline where there is some in-fighting within the Diamond Mine. Strong teamed with Damon Kemp to challenge The Creed Brothers for the NXT Tag Team Championships at the Great American Bash. After coming up short, the angle continued on this week’s show.
It remains to be seen if WWE will allow Roderick Strong to do a little more in the company. It does not seem as if they have much interest in moving him to the main roster. He may be forced to flounder in NXT for the remaining part of his deal.
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