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NXT producer Scotty 2 Hotty requests release from WWE

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NXT coach and producer Scott Garland (formerly known as Scotty 2 Hotty) is departing WWE.

Garland posted a statement on Tuesday announcing that he's requested his release from WWE. He had worked in his role in NXT since joining the coaching staff in 2016.

Garland noted that he's always promised himself that he would never be part of something solely for the paycheck, and that was where he was currently at.

"Today, I have asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 30 years ago I stepped into a WWE ring for the very first time. I have lived my dream 100 times over. Some of my most special memories will always be from the last five years working with NXT. The black and gold brand was something special and I am proud to have been a small part of that," Garland wrote.

"I always promised myself that I would never be part of something solely for the paycheck and that was where I was at. I told myself that I would walk away if I ever got to that point, so that is what I have chosen to do. Coaching and producing the stars of NXT will always be a highlight of my life. I love you all more than you will ever know."

During his in-ring career with WWE, Garland was a two-time Tag Team Champion and a one-time Light Heavyweight Champion. He was part of Too Cool during the Attitude Era alongside Grandmaster Sexay/Brian Christopher and Rikishi.