Like so many other companies around the world, WWE has also been forced to face the dire consequences of the global pandemic. Suffice it to say that in 2021 alone about 30 superstars were released, as well as a large number of insiders behind the scenes.
For a week, the public has returned to fill the arenas, in the hope that it is only the beginning of a gradual but continuous process of returning to normal. Among the most distinguished athletes who have been fired in recent months, it is impossible not to mention the name of Buddy Murphy.
The latter vented in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, in which he strongly criticized WWE's behavior towards him (especially in 2019, when he was practically not used). During the last edition of 'Writing with Russo', which aired on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo spoke out on the statements of the former lightweight champion.
Vince Russo opens up on Murphy
“I think it's a really horrible way to do business. When I was working as a writer in different companies, if an athlete was on the roster, he had to be treated as befits a professional.
What Murphy revealed is absolutely unacceptable, he was too quiet towards WWE as far as I'm concerned” - Vince Russo began. According to Russo, the Stamford federation would have treated Buddy as if he were an 18-year-old just hired by McDonald's.
“This guy is a high-level professional, we must never forget him. We are not talking about a barely legal kid who has been hired to work at a fast-food restaurant. He is a very successful athlete, you cannot keep him in the dark about the plans you have in store for him.
They did not behave well." The farewell to WWE may even be a boon for some stars. “I hate it when people lose their jobs, but not all evils come to harm. I really believe there are a lot of unhappy people working there right now.
For some of them it could be a liberation to leave the WWE," commented Russo. Buddy Murphy was involved in storylines with high-profile names including Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins during his time in WWE. However, he was often left off WWE television for several months without any explanation.
Murphy has not yet signed with another company since leaving WWE. The Australian star is currently being advertised for a match against AEW’s Brian Cage at a Battleground Championship Wrestling event on September 18.