Adam Rose speaks out for first time since WWE release

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For a man who was pretty vocal in the media in the final few weeks of his time in the WWE, Adam Rose has actually been fairly quiet since his release from the organisation was confirmed on May 23.

Rose - real name Ray Leppan - has now, though, opened up about his departure, and the causes behind it, in an exchange with Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet.

Going into detail about the mistakes that were made in the WWE, as well as the issues outside the squared circle - namely his drugs suspension and domestic violence charge - the former Superstar was happy to take a fair chunk of the blame for his exit:


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"It was a mutual thing. Honestly, I had just hit too many problems back to back," Rose explained.

"My mistakes or not, guilty or not? It was starting to look really bad. It was just the best choice for everyone involved and the WWE and I knew that."

The back-to-back problems are, of course, Rose's initial WWE suspension for falling foul of their substance abuse policy in mid-April, and his domestic violence arrest on May 11 after an altercation with his wife.

Having risked the wrath of the WWE hierarchy by publicly proclaiming his innocence regarding the failed drugs test that saw him suspended, the latter incident appeared to put the final nail in the coffin on a WWE career that began in 2010 but never really built up a head of steam.

Speaking about the failure of the Adam Rose character to connect with the WWE Universe, Leppan said:

"Adam Rose never quite took off in the WWE! Is it the company's fault, or my fault? Probably a bit of both.

"The character Adam Rose that debuted on NXT was not the same character that the WWE Universe got."

Home life

Despite not clicking with the WWE Universe in the ring, Leppan had a lot of fans thanks to a WWE documentary that showcased his home life. It was that home life, though, that played a part in his exit.

The veteran wrestler wanted to make clear the domestic issue is "all being cleared up now":

"As for my arrest, well that was a complete nightmare! It's all being cleared up now, but the damage to our lives is permanent. My wife was like 'what the hell is going on' when it happened.

"I don't exactly even know why it happened ... even now. I think law enforcement, who I have the utmost respect for, may have acted too quickly.

"...They never knew the full story and made some assumptions that will now scar my family's history forever. My wife is my world and my rock."

While his WWE career didn't exactly end as he would have wished, Leppan did note that he is looking forward to working the indie scene for the first time. Having already changed his name to Aldo Rose, he praised the chance to get full creative control he claimed:

"What's next is going to be much better and much, much more me."

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