WWE has reportedly declined the request of NXT wrestlers James Drake and Zack Gibson to be released from their contracts.

The tag team, known as The Grizzled Young Veterans, took to Twitter to announce the news to their fans. Drake revealed that his request for release had been denied by WWE, but his contract with the company is set to expire on October 14, 2023. He thanked his fans for their support and promised to share their next chapter once they become free agents.

“As of today, WWE has denied my request for my release. I want to thank you all for your support throughout my career, I’ll never take that for granted. My contract with WWE expires on 14th October 2023. I’m excited to share our next capter, once we are free agents.”

Gibson’s tweet echoed Drake’s sentiments, stating that WWE had denied their release request, which they made on April 3. He expressed gratitude to their fans for their continued support and reassured them that they would see the tag team on October 16, the day after their contracts expire.


“Today WWE have denied our release, which was requested on April 3rd.On 15th Oct ’23 we will be free agents again. I personally want to thank all of our fans for your continued support, it means a lot to both of us especially during times like these! We’ll see you on the 16th!”

The Grizzled Young Veterans are known for their impressive in-ring skills and have been a part of NXT for several years. They were also part of Joe Gacy’s Schism faction on the brand. Fans have been eagerly anticipating their move to the main roster, but it seems that their release from WWE is not imminent.

It is not uncommon for wrestlers to request their release from WWE, especially if they feel that they are not being utilized to their full potential. However, the company has the final say on whether or not to grant these requests.

It remains to be seen what The Grizzled Young Veterans’ future holds in WWE, but fans will be eagerly anticipating their next move.

Steve Carrier

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