WWE made a lot of interesting calls when it came to releases, and Hit Row didn’t get much of a shot at all the first time around. Vince McMahon fired B-Fab, and that was fired by nixing the whole stable in one swoop of triple releases. That might have changed, but Swerve Strickland never returned.

Triple H rehired Top Dolla, Ashante Thee Adonis, and B-Fab in rapid fashion when he took the helm of WWE’s creative direction. Sadly, this happened too late for Swerve Strickland, because Tony Khan had already inked him to a deal.

In an interview with Uproxx, Swerve Strickland claimed that his release was a big mistake by WWE, but it is too late to take it back now. After all, he’s locked into an AEW deal.

“That left a big chip on my shoulder to prove it was one of the biggest mistakes you could have made. And now, winning the tag titles with Keith Lee and doing a co-main event in pay-per-views with said tag titles, doing all these big arenas and being featured in a lot of different, very unique ways and being able to do the music crossover and show them that was one of the biggest mistakes you made, but you can’t have it back now.” 


AEW has a lot of talent on their roster, and they really did benefit from WWE releasing so many Superstars during the pandemic. Only time will tell if Swerve Strickland and the rest of Hit Row ever reunite. It would take a change of employment locations for some parties involved for that to happen at this point.

Keep checking back with Ringside News for more on this story, and everything else going on in the pro wrestling world. Swerve Strickland is set to team up with AR Fox at All In London to take on Sting and Darby Allin in Wembley Stadium, so he is doing pretty well for himself.

Do you think WWE wants Swerve Strickland back? Sound off in the comments to let us know who you think they regret releasing the most!

Felix Upton

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