WWE: Former star Brodus Clay makes his TV debut with TNA

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The WWE, as part of its recent drive to cut back its spending, released a host of wrestlers earlier this year in a bid to free up some much needed capital.

Amongst those let go by Vince McMahon and co was Brodus Clay - a man who had been part of the WWE talent for the best part of five years after first appearing on NXT in 2010.

Clay spoke of his disappointment at the decision in the aftermath of his contract being terminated, even suggesting he may head to Japan to pursue his wrestling career whilst campaigning on behalf of animal rights.

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-That plan seems to have been put on the back burner in recent times however, and last night Brodus Clay made his wrestling return a lot closer to his former WWE home.

Working under the name Tyrus, Clay made his debut for WWE's main rival promotion TNA on Wednesday night's episode of Impact Wrestling. The episode itself was filmed back in September but only aired this week.

And he seemed to go down pretty well with the TNA audience, and at least one WWE legend. 

"@BrodusClay...Nice work tonight. You know what you can become because we've had that chat. Big, agile, physical men draw money." - Jim Ross

New start

Clay was seen as part of the Ethan Carter III team on his Impact debut and the big man got off to the perfect start in front of the TNA audience, defeating Shark Boy in his match up.

Despite the WWE investing time in his character during his time on the main roster, a time that saw Clay turn heel and lose at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, the 34-year-old never found consistent success on the main shows. 

As such his name was one of the first to be dropped when Vince McMahon and the WWE sought to decrease the budget in the face of financial adversity.

Clay's contract was officially terminated on June 12, 2014.

His move to the smaller market TNA will perhaps allow Clay to find himself amongst a wrestling promotion's top stars for the first time in years.

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