You'd think the WWE could do with all hands on deck right now what with the injury crisis that is currently sweeping through the company.
That, though, hasn't stopped them from firing one Superstar today, with the WWE confirming that Brad Maddox has been released from the company.
And, with the wrestler's five-year spell with the organization officially over, one report has now revealed exactly what caused Maddox's sudden dismissal.
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According to PW Insider, via NoDq.com, the WWE moved quickly to fire Maddox after the now-former Superstar's actions during last night's SmackDown.
Per the report, Maddox, who was involved in a dark match prior to filming, used the term "cocky pricks" during his promo. And it is this phrase which apparently did not sit well with some within the WWE hierarchy.
The WWE had released an official statement on Maddox's release earlier in the day. It reads as follows:
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Brad Maddox as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. WWE wishes Maddox the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Up and down career
Maddox's WWE career was far from orthodox. Gaining praise in Florida Championship Wrestling (the precursor to NXT), the wrestler gained traction in the WWE as a heel referee and as RAW General Manager - a position he was removed from in mid-2014.
In truth, he hadn't been near to any relevant matches in some time yet his release, and, in particular, the apparent reason for it, is still something of a surprise.
WWE fans: Is this a fair reason to fire someone, or are the WWE wrong to do this? Have your say in the comments below...