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Bodhi Hayward comments on WWE NXT release

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Bodhi Hayward has commented on his WWE release.

On social media, Hayward identified himself under his real name, Brady Booker. He talked about not being a stranger to adversity, using the hashtag #30days in his tweet.

“I’m hurt, I’m embarrassed, and Brodies, I’m just down bad,” he said. “For the last eighteen months, Andre Chase University and wrestling has been my whole life. But I am no stranger to adversity. Adversity is something that has come up my whole life, and I’ve always found a way to get on top. I will do it again. I’m Brady Booker, and I’m here to stay.”

Hayward was one of five NXT talents that were released on Tuesday morning. Others include Sloane Jacobs, Erica Yan, Damaris Griffin, and Ru Feng.

Introduced as a student of Chase U last year, Hayward usually accompanied Andre Chase to the ring, and was also frequently seen in backstage skits with Chase and Thea Hail, another Chase student. On last week’s NXT, Hayward was not seen in Chase's class, with the implication that recent ‘transfer student’ Duke Hudson had taken him out.

“I just want to publicly thank @bodhihaywardWWE for his dedication to #ChaseU,” Chase wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “ I will always appreciate him being my first scholarship athlete, but more importantly I will always appreciate his friendship. Keep going!!”