The light went out on Justin Gabriel's career in the WWE all-too-quickly.
The high-flying South African debuted as part of The Nexus, a fearsome faction made up entirely of NXT Season One participants, who wreaked havoc on the WWE and John Cena inparticular, before the terrible decision was made for Cena to go over against Nexus at SummerSlam 2010, basically killing their momentum dead in its tracks.
Gabriel went on to do well for himself in the Tag-Team division, winning the titles on three separate occasions with Heath Slater.
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But Gabriel never made it as a singles competitor and his career was stalled multiple times thanks to injuries to tag-team partners. Before he left, Gabriel was working as The Bunny alongside Adam Rose before finally quitting the company.
Gabriel spoke with Cult of Whatever recently about his WWE career and revealed that he left because he realized he was never going to get another chance.
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"There are a lot of guys that will just hang around because Vince will give everyone a shot and some guys will just hang around thinking that tomorrow will be their shot and then the next thing you know three years have gone by," Gabriel said when asked about his exit from the company.
"One year went by and I realized it wasn't going to happen and I couldn't wait any longer and that is the reason I quit."
These wrestlers that Gabriel are speaking of definitely still exist in the company. Guys like Heath Slater and Zack Ryder have done nothing for months barring one-off appearances on RAW and seem content to stay sat on the sidelines. Ryder had a short spell in NXT with Mojo Rawley but it's now known if that is going anywhere.
Gabriel then went on to make a very interesting comment about a potential return. According to Gabriel, Vince McMahon actually went out of his way to phone him up and say that if Gabriel went away for a couple of years and impressed with his wrestling, then a potential return to the WWE could be on the cards at some point.
Triple H's Threat
However, Triple H didn't feel the same as McMahon and would make it as hard as possible for Gabriel to return to the WWE.
"Hunter on the other hand didn't like the way I did it because I quit over the phone and told me he's going to make me wait ages before I'm allowed to come back to WWE."