James Drake (Jagger Reid) and Zack Gibson (Rip Fowler), better known as the Grizzled Young Veterans, find themselves in an uncertain position after WWE declined their requests for release. The tag team took to Twitter on Monday night to share the news, revealing they would become free agents in mid-October.
The initial report last month suggested that WWE had granted their releases, but this was later corrected, with the wrestlers waiting for a final decision. During a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer clarified that the Grizzled Young Veterans would remain with WWE until their contracts expired.
Meltzer explained that the duo wanted to move back to England for personal reasons, which was the primary motivation behind their release requests. The situation had first come to light on April 3rd, shortly after WrestleMania 39, when it seemed their departure was imminent.
However, WWE ultimately decided to hold them to their contracts. According to Meltzer, the Grizzled Young Veterans were informed on Monday that they would not be granted their releases. They are expected to stay with WWE until the end of their contract, after which they will presumably leave, barring any change of heart.
Uncertain Future for NXT Stars
The future for these two talented NXT wrestlers remains uncertain, as they must continue working for WWE for now. Despite the denied release requests, they will likely have several opportunities available once they become free agents in mid-October.
Their experience and skill set could make them valuable assets for other wrestling promotions in the UK and internationally. In the meantime, the Grizzled Young Veterans will continue to perform for WWE NXT, where they have built a strong reputation as a formidable tag team.
It remains to be seen what storylines and matches the company has in store for them during their final months under contract. The wrestling world will be closely watching the developments surrounding the Grizzled Young Veterans, as their denied releases have added an extra layer of intrigue to their future career paths. Fans and industry insiders alike will be keen to see where they end up once they finally become free agents in October.