Ex-WWE Star Cites "Backstage Politics" for Release

Wrestling's arena buzzes with Rick Boogs' unexpected trajectory.

by Atia Mukhtar
Ex-WWE Star Cites "Backstage Politics" for Release
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Former WWE superstar Rick Boogs has pointed to “backstage political maneuverings” as a significant factor behind his recent exit from the company. This revelation followed WWE’s announcement last Thursday, wherein Rick, along with over 20 other talents, were let go.

This list featured seasoned WWE regulars such as Dolph Ziggler, Elias, and Dana Brooke, along with NXT stars that didn't make the expected mark and developmental talents yet to make their television debut. In 2021, Boogs had a notable presence as a confidant to Shinsuke Nakamura, a narrative that stretched into the early months of 2022.

However, a turn of events at WrestleMania 38 saw Boogs sustaining a torn quadriceps while competing against The Usos alongside Nakamura for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. Nakamura and Boogs eventually lost the bout.

Boogs' Diminished Spotlight

Post-recovery, Rick Boogs made a re-entry to WWE programming in January 2023.

Despite being picked for Smackdown in the May WWE Draft, his television appearances dwindled, hinting at WWE’s inclination to part ways with him. Dave Meltzer, respected wrestling journalist of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, cited a WWE official noting that the rationale behind these releases revolves around evaluating an individual’s tenure against their remuneration and the company's return on that investment.

However, Boogs has his own perspective on the matter. In a recent YouTube video, where he took viewers on a tour of his gym, Eric Bugenhagen (known to fans as Rick Boogs) briefly touched upon his WWE journey's unexpected end.

He remarked, “Navigating these recent changes has been intriguing, especially considering my WWE departure stemmed, in my view, from backstage politics. I'll delve deeper into this in the future, but for now, let’s shift focus to this gym tour”.

With the wrestling community buzzing about these releases, fans eagerly await Boogs’ detailed account of his exit from WWE.

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