Bull Dempsey announced on Twitter this morning that he had been released from NXT after being a part of the development roster since 2013.
He tweeted: "It's been real @WWENXT. Amazing group of coaches & coworkers & a helluva boss. Thank you for the opportunity @TripleH. See ya down the road!"
He then went on to tweet that he was available for bookings if any independent promoters were interested, as a way of making it evident that his time with the company had drawn to a close.
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Bull was a part of NXT's episode last week when he took on Alex Riley in his return match and was easily defeated, and he did receive a positive reaction from the NXT crowd throughout the match.
Last year, Bull was a part of vignettes that aired showing him working hard to become fit enough to wrestle and was referred to as "Bull Fit."
This didn't seem to catch on the way WWE had hoped and it was dropped after a while and Bull went back to being used as a jobber and occasional performer at NXT's live shows.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR NXT?
Bull has played a part in NXT's rise over the past few years and was one of the few stars to have been on the full journey with the company since 2013.
This shows that WWE has no problem releasing talent of any level regardless of loyalty. It proves that WWE are trying to create history down there and anyone who doesn't fit in will be removed.
Right now, NXT have put together a fantastic card to rival WWE's WrestleMania event which takes place the same weekend, when they travel to Dallas for their first Takeover event of 2016.
The Takeover shows last year proved how far the company had come in such a short space of time and one of the reasons for that is the cut-throat style of the trainers and creative team.
Breaking Ground proved how easy it was for WWE to axe talent that they didn't think were improving or fitting in the way they thought they would.
As sad as it is to see one of NXT's stalwarts silently make an exit after failing to make an impact, it is a sign of things to come for NXT, they have the likes of Hideo Itami set to make their return soon whilst Alex Riley made his return last week.
We may be on the Road to WrestleMania, but the Road to Dallas looks like it could be just as iconic this year.
WILL BULL DEMPSEY BE A BIG MISS OR SHOULD HE HAVE BEEN RELEASED A LONG TIME AGO? HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW...
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