As reported late last night, Steve Lewington (a.k.a. DJ Gabriel) has been released by World Wrestling Entertainment. The former ECW performer posted a blog on his MySpace account this afternoon commenting on his departure from the organization. Here is his statement in its entirety:
The word has spread so I wanted to take the time to update and blog to all of you. My tenure within the WWE is no more. I was with the company for almost five years and enjoyed every minute of it. I was honored to be with the largest professional wrestling company in the world from start to finish.
Although my tenure within the WWE is now over, I won't get depressed over it. I'll be the first to admit that I knew it was coming sooner rather than later. I didn't know when, but I knew it was getting closer. Today starts a new chapter in my life and in my career. I'm not going to look back, complain, and berate the WWE because I have nothing but good things to say about them. They gave me an opportunity to live in the spotlight, and whether whatever character I portrayed or how long it lasted, I still got that opportunity.
I had a blast working in the WWE, there are so many matches and memories that will always put a smile on my face. Kenny Bolin, Jim Cornette, and the McMahon family were big inspirations on my career. I have nothing but good things to say about all of them. They helped me incredibly the entire time I was with the WWE and I am honored to have come to know them.
There's a lot of buzz about what's next for me. Let me just say this, it doesn't matter where I go, I will perform and always entertain people. I thrive to be at my best and show everyone what I've got. And now that this is a new chapter in my life I feel that I can perform better than I ever have. I feel greater and stronger than ever mentally and physically and I know that I'm at the top of my game. Will you see me in ROH or TNA? You never know. Will you see me overseas? It's a possibility. Will you see me in WWE again? Another possibility. It doesn't matter if I'm performing for 30 people in a school or performing for thousands in an arena, I'll showcase my passion and skills to everybody.
I want to take the time to thank everyone that has ever supported me, whether its been since my debut or even to today. You're the reason I thrive to be a part of professional wrestling because I love to entertain you. I wouldn't be who I am without any of you and I wouldn't have ever had a chance without your support. I also want to thank Noe and everybody who helps out with this website, you guys are simply amazing and such caring people.
Also, you can always stay updated on me at www.DJ-Gabriel.com, www.myspace.com/stevelewington, and www.twitter.com/UKLewington. I just joined back onto Twitter to stay connected with all of you, and as some can tell, I tried reopening the old Twitter page (www.twitter.com/wwedjgabriel) which it did, but it has some serious log in troubles.
Thanks to everyone who reads this and I'll always appreciate the love and support. I'm hoping to add some things to the website to interact with all of you, but we'll get to that later. I'll be back with another blog and I can guarantee that you will see me soon...
He also made the following status update: "After nearly 5 years, I am free once again..."