In the days leading up to Sunday's Royal Rumble, Superstar Justin Gabriel quit the WWE. With the Nexus star seemingly all set to appear in one of the biggest events on the wrestling calendar the move surprised many within the WWE Universe.
Now though it has emerged that it was in fact the Royal Rumble - and more specifically alterations to its line up - that played a major part on Gabriel's decision to jump ship.
Having been led to believe that he would be one of the 30 wrestlers doing battle in the ring come the big day, the South African Superstar was in fact later pulled from the event by the powers that be. It is this, PWInsider claims, that proved the last straw for Gabriel who called time on his six year stint in the WWE.
The fact that Sunday's Rumble proved so disappointing may provide some solace for Justin Gabriel (real name Paul Lloyd Jr.) while some of the names that were clearly picked ahead of Gabriel did little to wow the crowd.
Gabriel was far from a stellar name in the WWE leading up to his exit - both Nexus and his championship wins having been taken away from him - but at least he would have added a little bit of flair to the 30-man brawl courtesy of his notorious high-flying style.
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The WWE's decision to ditch him from plans though was simply the latest in a long line of shuns from the higher ups which, if reports today are to be believed, all built up to leave Gabriel frustrated to the point of quitting.
A frustrated star
According to Wrestling Inc, Gabriel had resigned himself to the fact that the WWE were not going to give him a push anytime soon - leaving him to reside in the lesser Superstars and Main Event shows.
The lack of consistency in TV appearances also added to Gabriel's feeling of being under-appreciated.
With the former tag-team champion wanting more from his wrestling career it is believed that he quit the company in a bid to pursue a more prominent role in the indie setup.
There will be some WWE fans who will argue that Gabriel never did enough to justify a better booking but it is certainly sad to see a obviously talented wrestler fall by the wayside largely because of a lack of imagination from the WWE Creative.