The news of Drew Gulak departing from WWE on Saturday night caught some fans off guard.
Gulak had just worked an Intercontinental Title tournament match against Daniel Bryan on Friday Night SmackDown, which was received well by fans.
News started to surface that his profile was moved from the roster section on WWE’s website to the alumni section. This is usually an indication that the talent is no longer under contract with the company.
With WWE making talent and staff releases due to budget cuts in relation to the coronavirus impact, the original belief was that Gulak was simply released. However, that quickly changed when it was reported that he had actually departed from the company after failing to come to terms with WWE on a new contract.
The latest update comes from Dave Meltzer, who noted on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Gulak was seeking to get a raise from the company while trying to lock in a new deal.
Per the report, WWE denied giving him a raise before ultimately deciding against inking a new deal with the SmackDown star and pulled the contract offer that they originally proposed to him. That’s when negotiations were called off completely. Meltzer noted that this was a money situation and that WWE isn’t giving out raises to talent right now.
Unlike other talent who have been recently released by the company, Gulak does not have a 90-day non-compete clause. Thus, he’s a free agent and can sign with any promotion he wants.