One of the more interesting reported releases by WWE was that of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco. News of his departure was made on Monday.
His departure from WWE was due to the recent budget cuts. It turns out that there is more to the story.
Dave Meltzer provided an update on Brisco’s departure. Per the report, Brisco was actually furloughed and not released altogether. Several producers who were let go two weeks ago are in the same situation.
It was noted by Meltzer that Brisco could be brought back in the future because he was just furloughed.
With Brisco working as a scout for the company and there being no amateur wrestling tournaments going on for now due to the coronavirus outbreak, it appears that WWE didn’t think it made sense to keep him on the payroll.
Brisco took to his official Twitter account where he addressed the situation:
“What a writer made a mistake, to set things right. I have not been let go yet I’ve been placed on furlough don’t know who leaked the wrong news. I hope get back to helping young folks find there dream. If not it been on heck of a run #cantkeepawrestlerdown.”
What a writer made a mistake, to set things right. I have not been let go yet I’ve been placed on furlough don’t know who leaked the wrong news. I hope get back to helping young folks find there dream. If not it been on heck of a run #cantkeepawrestlerdown
— Gbrisco🤼♂️ (@Fgbrisco) April 28, 2020
For the past several years, he had been mainly scouting amateur wrestling events for the company. He found talent such as Brock Lesnar, Jason Jordan, and Chad Gable as part of his stint in the role.
With such a connection to the company that dates back to 1984 and him being one of the closest advisors to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, his departure was a surprise to many. To the point that many considered him untouchable and seen as a lifelong employee.