Bronson Reed is a former NXT Superstar and he recently spoke about being released by WWE with Chris Van Vliet. Bronson is also known as Jonah Rock. According to him, he was very surprised that WWE decided to release him in August as he had signed an extension deal with them prior to being released.
“Well it was very shocking at first,” Reed said. “I would be lying if I would say I wasn’t upset and angry, and all the emotions that come with something like this. It’s like the 7 stages of grief.
Even though I didn’t physically lose anyone, it was kind of like Bronson Reed had died. I’d spent the last few years investing in myself and becoming that character of Bronson Reed. But now that’s over and I have to look to something new.
I am bringing back a little bit of what I did before WWE and becoming JONAH again, but it was hard. I have been able to deal with it pretty well though. I’ve had hardships in life and in the professional wrestling business before that have sort of prepared me for if this day was to come.
I just didn’t think it would be any time soon”.
Bronson Reed Reveals He Signed an Extension with WWE Prior to Being Released
Bronson had already committed to staying with WWE even after his original deal expired.
He signed the deal two months before he was released. “I started at the start of 2019 on a 3-year deal. Only at the start of this year, I signed a new 3-year deal,” Reed revealed. “I was blindsided that halfway through the year that I was released.
Also with where I was placed in the card and how I was utilized, I didn’t think it was coming”. “I got the call while I was watching SmackDown,” Bronson Reed said. “I was under the impression the last few months with WWE, I would be moving to a SmackDown or a RAW.
When I got the call, I assumed it was about going to RAW or going to SmackDown. I was quite happy on the phone and ready to hear that news. When the call was that I was getting released, that mood completely changed. I was in shock and awe.
I made sure to question why, and they didn’t really give me a reason at all, which is even more frustrating because then you question yourself. Like, ‘what happened?’ I think shock was the initial reaction, but then I was more angry than upset.
There was a lot more that I could have done, but that got taken away. But now I see that it is an avenue for me to do that somewhere else”.