WWE surprised fans and wrestlers alike when they released several NXT 2.0 superstars from their contracts in April 2022. In total, WWE released 10 performers from their contracts.

Most of the released superstars joined other promotions in the wake of their release. Former NXT 2.0 star Draco Anthony also returned to the independent circuit recently.

Now going by the name of Blake Cortez, the young wrestler made a surprise return to the promotion where it all started for him, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling.

Blake Cortez is Back!!

@BlakeCortez100

Cortez was initially hurt by his WWE release but that didn’t stop him from continuing his journey. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next for the former U.S. Marine.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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