Earlier this month, WWE released eight more wrestlers, which brought up the count of talent cuts to over 80 for the year. Those who let go were the remaining members of Hit Row, John Morrison, Tegan Nox, Drake Maverick, Shane Thorne, and Jaxson Ryker.
At the time, there was a clip of Xavier Woods checking his phone during a G4 live stream before getting up and walking off.
During an interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, Woods confirmed he was reacting to the releases.
“Yeah. It sucks dude, it sucks cause those people are my friends and some of those guys didn’t even get a chance to have a match on TV. So, it always sucks hearing that news. I saw that floating around too, somebody sent it to me and I legit actually didn’t take a second cause I knew we still had an hour left of the live stream. That is my job, I have to do my job but I also have to check on my friends and make sure that people are okay. I’m not trying to say like, ‘me, me,’ like no, it’s just, obviously, it happens. It’s a job, it happens everywhere but it doesn’t make it suck any less when you’re not working with your friends anymore.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 26, 2021