The news about Drake Wuertz’s firing from WWE did not come as a surprise to the people who were around him.
Fightful reports that Wuertz had “nuclear heat brought on by himself” after he was warned by WWE about attending events without a mask. There were said to be “attempts for political plays” where he tried to position himself for certain roles in the company. The word going around is that he was willing to put heat on others several times in order to get what he wanted.
It was also reported that there was an issue where EJ Nduka (Ezra Judge) almost got physical with Wuertz and there were numerous instances where NXT higher-ups were alerted to issues that Wuertz had with people of color.
There was also said to have been some heat on Wuertz backstage at last year’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House show as Triple H gave a speech about Black Lives Matter. Triple H talked about all people of different races and religions being welcomed and once “religions” were mentioned, Wuertz “aggressively” gathered his stuff and left.
Several wrestlers in the company have stated that they felt uncomfortable around Wuertz. Among other things, Wuertz was said to have been loudly critical of wrestlers getting vaccinated, even for simple flu shots.