Scott Garland, better known as Scotty 2 Hotty, announced today on Facebook that he has asked for his release from WWE. He had been working as a producer and coach for the NXT brand. He wrote the following statement:
“Today, I have asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 30 years ago I stepped into a WWE ring for the very first time. I have lived my dream 100 times over.
Some of my most special memories will always be from the last five years working with NXT. The black and gold brand was something special and I am proud to have been a small part of that. I always promised myself that I would never be part of something solely for the paycheck and that was where I was at. I told myself that I would walk away if I ever got to that point, so that is what I have chosen to do.
Coaching and producing the stars of NXT will always be a highlight of my life. I love you all more than you will ever know.”
After breaking into the business in 1989, he worked in various territories before signing with WWE in 1997. He found success in 1998 as a tag team with Brian Christopher where they formed Too Much, later known as Too Cool.
He was with the company as a wrestler until 2007. During his WWE run, he held the Tag Team Titles twice and had a run as the Light Heavyweight Champion. For several years, he made various appearances for the company while continuing to work on the independents. In 2016, he returned to WWE as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center.