Following the departures of Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae earlier this week, another wrestler has been released from their WWE contract.
NXT's Sawyer Fulton posted a statement on Twitter today announcing that he's no longer with the company. He wrote that he worked as hard as possible to come back after being injured in 2016, but it didn't end up working out. He noted that he's going to continue in pro wrestling and vowed to get back to WWE in the future.
Like with Emma, Young and Summer Rae, injury issues significantly hindered Fulton's career. He suffered an arm injury towards the end of last year that kept him out of action for several months. Due to the injury, he was written out of the SAnitY stable as Killian Dain joined Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, and Nikki Cross in the group.
Fulton made his return in an angle at a house show in April and defeated Brennan Williams in his first match back in May but never returned to television.
Fulton, whose real name is Jacob Southwick and who was an amateur wrestler in college, signed with WWE in 2012 after starting his career in Mid-Ohio Wrestling. His full statement about his release is available to read below:
"Wow there [are] a lot of feelings going through my head right now. First off, thank you to everyone who has supported me the last 5 years. Coaches, brothers, fans, family, and an amazing woman named Abby. This has been an absolutely amazing time in WWE. After my injury I worked as hard as possible to come back, and it just happened to not work out.
However, I'm not ashamed of being released by any means, I held nothing back and at the end of the day I'm happy to leave with my head held high. I'm going to continue to work hard as possible and learn all I can in wrestling, nothing changes but the name.
The last thing I said to Canyon [Ceman] and Coach [Matt] Bloom was that I'm still young and I will be back in WWE and I fully intend to prove it. I want to be a great professional wrestler, that goal will never change, only the path that takes me there. Honestly I can not wait to start down this new path, and travel, and wrestle in front of new crowds.
WWE, NXT thank you for everything you have done for me, and we will see each other again soon. And for all my brothers in the back, I'm sure we will make another town together in the future. I love You all. See you soon!"