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Backstage heat on Top Dolla likely led to WWE releasing Hit Row

Dave Meltzer covered the latest WWE releases in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Meltzer noted that Top Dolla (real name AJ Francis) is someone who came across well on television but he rubbed a ton of people the wrong way while he was in NXT and he was getting the same reputation on the main roster.

Meltzer stated that Vince McMahon saw him as the star of Hit Row because of his size but once they decided to cut him, the other two remaining members of the group likely were caught in the crossfire. PWInsider previously reported that there were plans to push Top Dolla as the leader of the group.

Basically, Ashante Thee Adonis and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott were doomed without Top Dolla since McMahon was not going to do anything significant with them outside of the stable.

What may have sealed Top Dolla’s fate is a diss track that he posted last weekend about Jinder Mahal and Shanky that was meant to further their TV storyline. He deleted the track after fans complained that it was insensitive.

There was also the social media spat with The Young Bucks in September that probably did him no favors.


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