Bronson Reed Says WWE's Decision To Release Him May Come Back To Bite Them, Talks Possibly Going To AEW


Bronson Reed continues to be outspoken about his departure from World Wrestling Entertainment.

The former WWE Superstar and NXT North American Champion recently appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During his appearance on the popular pro wrestling SiriusXM program, Reed spoke about being in talks with pro wrestling promotions right now, the possibility of going to AEW or IMPACT Wrestling, how WWE's decision to release him could come back to bite them and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights.

On being caught off guard by his WWE release, as he was expecting a move to Raw or SmackDown around that time: “I was gobsmacked. It was not something I was expecting. I was actually expecting to get a call to get moved up to RAW or SmackDown, and then, out of the blue, it’s the release call. So yeah, really surprised.”

On his call with John Laurinaitis where he learned of his release and if he was given a reason for it: “No. I’ve actually started my own podcast and I spoke about this. I was called by John Laurinaitis, who is doing all those sort of things at the moment. And I made sure to ask. I made sure to be like ‘hey, why is this happening?’ He said, ‘there’s no real reason, it’s just a no for now.’ It leaves it up to debate, leaves me questioning myself for the last forty days. He did say, ‘the door is always open, keep working’, which obviously I am going to do. But it would’ve been good to have some sort of insight. I did do a dark match in the Main Event taping match for Vince. And the only feedback I got was, I was a babyface at the time, was to smile more, which I then did in my next couple of matches. Things like that, I can definitely change. In my opinion, I think it’s maybe the direction they’re going in from seeing the new NXT 2.0. But I’m not 100% too sure.”

On the decision possibly coming back to bite WWE and him still not understanding it two months later: “It’s definitely a bit of a head scratcher. I thought I was primed for the main roster. I thought I could’ve done some great things on RAW or Smackdown. But that being said, if that wasn’t going to be an avenue, I was happy with NXT. I always believed in that product and thought I fit in really well there, as well. For me, it’s a bit of a head scratcher. I’m not too sure what it was, but I do know that decisions can be made at a whim. So I leave it as a business decision on their part, but maybe not a good one on their part.”

On his next career move, and whether it be in AEW, IMPACT or somewhere else: “I’m in talks with the major promotions at the moment. I can’t really say any which way where I’m leaning towards. But I do think that what I do offer, a 340 pound man that can go, I don’t think AEW really has that. Impact does have some bigger talent, but no one that’s my mold either. So I think I would fit in Impact or AEW. But I am a huge fan, and I did wrestle in Japan for a long time, so that is definitely somewhere I would like to work again. Granted, visas, immigration, and everything makes it a little difficult at the moment. So, for me at the moment, it’s sort of working on my immigration status. And hopefully in the next few weeks, I’ll have an answer for the fans of where you’ll be able to see me.”

Check out the complete interview at SimpleCast.com. H/T to Wrestling Inc for transcribing the above quotes.

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