During the latest wave of layoffs, WWE wanted to go and cut several more names from its third brand, namely NXT, with the Tuesday night show having suffered several defections, with 10 names being released recently as has happened several times in the last two years, even going so far as to give up important names like those of Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis.
One of the many released on that black Friday was also the manager Malcolm Bivens. In recent weeks, news surfaced online that Roderick Strong had also requested his release several times, with WWE never agreeing to this farewell, unlike the athletes who were fired only a few weeks ago.
New NXT athlete released by WWE
In the last few hours, the well-known Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer wanted to confirm that the young Troy "Two Dimes" Donovan, was released by the WWE for a problem with the corporate policy of the federation.
The well-known journalist stated how the young henchman of Tony D'Angelo, companion of the Italian-American of NXT's family, close to Stacks Lorenzo, would have been released for unspecified problems at NXT. In fact, Meltzer's precise words were: "This was not a budget cut or a creative decision, but a problem with company policy and he was told that within a year he could be hired."
At the moment it is not clear what mistake the boy has fallen into, but in the recent past, it has happened several times that some athletes have been released for some political problem, such as when the Nexus debuted on the main roster and Daniel Bryan was fired for trying to strangle with the tie the then WWE announcer, Justin Roberts.
The Viking Raiders initially showed up during a backstage segment with Rodderick Strong, Malcolm Bivens, and The Creed Brothers of Diamond Mine. Later in the show, they took on Edris Enofe and Malik Blade in their first match on NXT since 2019.
Speaking on The Universal Wrestling Podcast, former WWE writer Chris Dunn stated that the duo pitched to the creative team to become a new version of JBL and Ron Simmons' APA, but it was rejected. “We had a lot of tag teams pitch that [APA idea].
The best one I heard that I tried to advocate for was for The Viking Raiders to have one. Those guys are so entertaining and, for my money, arguably the best tag team going right now. Unfortunately, it kind of got scrapped. So many tag teams wanted to be The APA,” Dunn said.