Jaxson Ryker, also known as Gunner, was among the latest group of WWE talent to be let go by WWE earlier this month.
After a successful run in Impact Wrestling, he joined WWE in 2017 where he worked in NXT before being paired with Westin Blake and Steve Maclin as a part of The Forgotten Sons. They were called up to the main roster in 2020.
They were pulled from TV after Ryker sent out a tweet in support of Donald Trump as the protests about George Floyd’s death. He also got a lot of backstage heat for his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement last year.
Ryker spoke about his release during an appearance on Wrestling for the Faith.
“It’s been — you know, I put a statement out man and I’m not bitter, I’m not angry, I’m not mad by any means. I had five fun years there where I got to do a lot of cool stuff.”
He mentioned he got to travel the world and wrestle in front of thousands of people. He had a good time with The Forgotten Sons and Elias.
“We came to terms on the end of my contract so you know what? I look forward to the future, what God’s gonna do. I think he’s got some cool doors that are gonna open up for me and let’s just see what happens man.”
Ryker also noted that his exit from Impact Wrestling was more devastating than the WWE release as he was not financially or religiously stable at the time. His last televised match for WWE came in September against Karrion Kross, who was also let go by the company on November 4th.
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription