Former WWE Superstar Believes His Absence on the Day of Vince McMahon Scouting Led to His Release

Published 08/16/2021, 1:58 PM EDT


WWE released more than a dozen superstars earlier this month, hoping to revamp the NXT brand for the audience. One of those wrestlers was Alex Zayne, formerly known as Ari Sterling in WWE. Zayne confessed he believes that maybe the reason he got fired was because Vince McMahon came down to the Performance Center he was not there.

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Zayne was one of the finest high-flyers on the 205 Live brand, where he delivered some classic matches. He also wrestled a singles match at NXT earlier this year.

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Alex Zayne talks about the day when Vince McMahon visited them

Speaking with Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, Zayne described the day when he was not the performance center when the WWE Chaiman came there in July this year.

LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 24: World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon is introduced during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The reason for his visit was to breathe in new lives amongst the wrestlers, terrified because of all the recent firings happening in WWE.

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“I actually wasn’t. I know they did one day where Bruce [Prichard] and someone else came down before that, and I was there that day,” Zayne recalled. “And then they had this big day where Vince was coming through, and we have an app or whatever, and we’re told our schedule and I was not needed that day. Of course, situations like that being in the Performance Center in front of Vince, and who knows what he’s looking at or what he’s looking for, that can be very stressful.”

Alex also talked about his release from the company. He felt he was on the right track and building himself as an overall wrestler. However, his mistake of being absent when Vince strolled down there might have cost him his employment.

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Zayne added, “I was 100% getting exactly there when things went the way they went, and every single match, every single day in the PC [Performance Centre], I was feeling more comfortable, more confident. My promo game was going crazy, which I can’t wait to do on the indies because I never did that on the indies. So there’ll be a lot of that to come.”

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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