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Shane Strickland says he lost interest in WWE main roster run after B-Fab was released



Shane Strickland, formerly known as Isiah Scott, has reflected on the end of Hit Row in WWE. The group (Strickland, B-Fab, Top Dolla/AJ Francis, and Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis) got over when they were in NXT, which led to Strickland winning the North American Title.

However, fans were concerned about how they would be booked on the main roster when they got called up to SmackDown in October 2021 as part of the Draft. B-Fab was the first to let go on November 4th before the rest of the group were let go a few weeks later.

He told The Wrestling Classic during their conversation about the end of their run in WWE as B-Fab was slated to go to SmackDown together, but B-Fab’s flight got canceled. Top Dolla ended up calling WWE to see if everything was okay and he was told that she was not needed at the time. They got on their flight only to see on social media that B-Fab was among several wrestlers to be let go.

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“So they didn’t even tell us that. It just happened and then so, I guess like us asking about, inquiring about what was going on was like an issue for them in the office so we were like, ‘Oh wow.’ So that was one of the things. Just, I feel like they got frustrated with the group because they wanted — you had The New Day, you had Hurt Business and all that so, it was just they didn’t know what to do with us and they ended up just letting us go.”

Strickland continued by noting that after her release, he lost interest in his main roster run, but he felt WWE wasn’t invested in them.

“Truth be told, after Briana [Brandy] got let go, it kind of, for me, I kind of lost the interest anyway. I’m a person that’s 100 percent go or not so they’re not 100 percent behind me, it’s like, okay, I can’t be 100 percent behind this project. So it’s cool. Y’all gonna do — WWE is gonna WWE. They’re gonna do what they do, they have what they want and they’re happy with what they got. I’m not necessarily happy with what I’m noticing with the product change but they’re happy with it. It’s their money, it’s their product, it’s their investors so, give them what they wanna give them and if I don’t fit in that, cool. I’ll go do some other sh*t anyway because honestly, the schedule moved too slow for me. I’m on a busy schedule, I’m like flying here to here. I’m not gonna be home for like 12 days, I’m in the studio with — working on music with one of Kanye [West’s] producers, so, like I said, y’all move too slow. I need to move, so, and like, it’s good to be on my own with this kind of stuff too.”

Hit Row will reunite on March 19th at MCW Spring Fever. Strickland appeared at the February 12th DEFY Wrestling show to came face-to-face with AEW’s Darby Allin. Strickland is expected to sign with AEW in the near future. 

H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription