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ZZ, two others released from WWE developmental


After endearing himself to some and frustrating others as part of the last season of WWE’s Tough Enough, Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe, along with two other NXT talents, have had their WWE dreams put on hold. has confirmed that Loupe, Josh Woods, and Thomas Kingdon have been released by WWE

Loupe debuted as an 18-year-old on 2015’s reboot of the Tough Enough reality series. He initially endeared himself to a segment of the audience, but frustrated the show’s trainers and judges by showing poor conditioning and a suspect work ethic.

Though he ultimately finished as the runner-up to Josh Bredi, Loupe was signed by WWE and became a character on WWE Network’s Breaking Ground series. Loupe’s inexperience and occasional ineptitude, along with glimpses of his underdog personality, were again highlighted on that show.

Loupe had his first and only NXT match earlier this year, defeating Oney Lorcan (formerly Biff Busick/Chris Girard).

Woods and Kingdon were fellow Performance Center trainees who had yet to make much of a mark in NXT.

Woods was an accomplished amateur wrestler at the University of Central Florida and had competed in amateur mixed martial arts before being signed by WWE. He was occasionally used on NXT live events and as an enhancement talent on NXT TV.

Kingdon was a former high school football player and competitive bodybuilder.