Drake Maverick: WWE star's contract terminated over economic effect of coronavirus pandemic
- Drake Maverick is one of the WWE stars released by their promoter Vince McMahon
- The 37-year-old Briton seems devastated by the move but is hoping to win n the NXT cruiserweight tournament
- WWE is also feeling the economic effect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has crippled virtually all activities across the globe
Former wrestler turned promoter Vince McMahon has released 21 superstars from their contracts in a bid to cut costs during this global crisis.
Meanwhile, one of the martial artists affected by the effects of COVID-19 is WWE star James Michael Curtin known as Drake Maverick.
Others released by the same promoter are Kurt Angle, Zack Ryder, Rusev, and former tag team champions Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
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The 37-year-old who is scheduled to fight in the NXT cruiserweight tournament believes he could win despite being released from his contract.
According to SunSport, it was the six-time WWE 24/7 holder Maverick's exit that particularly struck a chord with fans, after he released an emotional video on social media.
Taking to Twitter under the post 'My Immediate Thoughts', the ex-TNA star struggled to hold back tears as he revealed how coronavirus is affecting people's ability to earn a living.
He said: "So I just got off the phone with WWE Talent Relations' Mark Carano who has told me that, as of today, I have been released from my WWE contract, due to the current climate of what's going on in the world.
"I'm like everybody else where I probably didn't take this as seriously as it is at the beginning, but its affecting people's lives, it's affecting people's jobs, it's affecting the way people make a living.
"I'm very fortunate that WWE is still allowing me to compete in the NXT Interim Cruiserweight Title Tournament, but it's very likely that those will be the last matches I ever have.
"There's a lot of people I'm not gonna get the chance to say goodbye to that I really loved, that I really cared about, that make me a better person.
"Again, I'm very fortunate that I still get that. Other people won't get that. But if these are the last three matches I have, I just want everybody at home to know that you'll have my all. You'll have everything.
"It's not about the title anymore. It's about my life. It's about feeding my family, paying my bills.
"So if I don't make an impression, if I don't win, that's it for me. So I just want everybody to know that you're all gonna get everything I have."
Legit.ng earlier reported that no fewer than 21 wrestling superstars have been released by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as the company suffers huge financial crisis, no thanks to the coronavirus crisis, Daily Star reports.
The company on Wednesday night, April 16, said that they were making cuts amid the coronavirus outbreak which has killed more than 134,000 across the globe.
On hearing the news, fans expressed shock and have thrown their weight of support on the entertainers who have been hit by the decision.
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