Former WWE Star Was Making a Special Handmade Gift for Vince McMahon Before Getting Fired

Published 05/01/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

WWE releases are often unexpected. However, getting released while in the middle of creating a gift for Vince McMahon should have been a hard pill to swallow.

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Recently, WWE released numerous Superstars from the WWE NXT 2.0 roster. Former NXT Superstar Dexter Lumis was one of them.

Since his release, it has come to light that Lumis was in the middle of a Vince McMahon painting during the announcement. It’s a painting of Vince McMahon signing a currency bill, sitting in front of a dinosaur skull.

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The painting is as good as the real photograph.

The former WWE NXT Superstar took to social media a while after his release to use his in-ring gimmick to thank his former employer and the company. In that video, he showed the painting as well.

Undoubtedly, the audience thoroughly enjoyed Lumis’ silent gimmick. In fact, he managed to be a successful heel and babyface without uttering a word. Considering his immense talent, it will not be long before he bounces back with another wrestling promotion or shows off his skill in a different industry altogether.

Could Vince McMahon have avoided releasing Dexter Lumis?

The probability of The Big Man possibly being able to avoid Lumis’ release looks strong.

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Let’s be honest, Lumis had quite the year in 2021. Not only did he work an excellent romantic storyline with Indi Hartwell, he also found the balance in his character which engaged the audience.

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Additionally, there is no silent gimmick on the WWE main roster. Hence, Vince McMahon could have considered pushing him to the main roster instead of releasing.

Now, there is a chance The Big Man probably did consider that. But, as good as a Superstar is on the WWE NXT roster, not everyone is meant for the main roster. Maybe, WWE thought that Lumis had done all he could do on the NXT roster.

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With no way forward for Lumis in the company, it’s a better decision to release him from the contract. This gives him the opportunity to explore other promotions and industries as well.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 2000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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