Bronson Reed was released by WWE last year, in a move that certainly shocked fans. Reed was let go because the company believed Reed simply didn’t fit the new vision of NXT.

Reed previously revealed that WWE told him to smile more. Following his WWE release, Bronson Reed changed his name to JONAH and has been tearing it up in the independent circuit.

He was also the NXT North American Champion, but not for a long time. While speaking to NBC Sports’ Steve Fall, JONAH explained why his North American Title reign was cut short.

“Originally when I won the NXT North American Championship, it was going to be quite a lengthy run as champion. That was the original plan, but as we know, pro wrestling things constantly change and can change at a whim as well.”


“I was told that, ‘Hey, you’ve been put forward to move up to Raw or SmackDown. I started doing some dark matches and it seemed like it was a fail safe way they were going. So it was a fail safe for them. They took the North American Championship off of me thinking that’s where I was heading, but didn’t work out that way.”

“I was put forward by Triple H himself saying that this is the guy that’s ready for Raw or SmackDown, and that’s what I was told was going to happen.”

JONAH might also make his return to WWE now that Triple H is the head of WWE Creative. The former Bronson Reed currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling after an effective run with Impact Wrestling that ended in May. We’ll have to see if he’ll return to WWE or not.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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