A former WWE superstar has commented about what kind of offers he received after getting released by the company.
When a WWE superstar gets released, the doors open for the wrestling world to reach out to them and for that wrestler to try to find the next place they want to work.
The good news for a wrestler being released is there are a lot of options in pro wrestling outside of WWE whether it’s AEW, TNA, NJPW, MLW, AAA or any of the dozens of independent wrestling promotions all around the world.
Nic Nemeth has been a WWE guy only in his pro wrestling career after getting signed in his mid-20s and working for the company for nearly 20 years, mostly as Dolph Ziggler. In September 2023, WWE chose to release Ziggler in a move that didn’t surprise the former two-time World Champion, who won many other titles in World Wrestling Entertainment.
At TNA Hard to Kill in Las Vegas, Nemeth made his TNA debut by confronting the company’s new World Champion Moose. Nemeth hit Moose with a superkick and Zig Zag neckbreaker before leaving the ring to celebrate with the fans.
Nic Nemeth Says He Received Many Offers Following WWE Release
While talking to Sam Laterna on TNA’s Instagram page, Nic Nemeth spoke about wrestling companies reaching out to him. After his WWE release, Nemeth had to wait 90 days to work elsewhere due to the non-compete clause that exists for WWE contracts.
“I had a lot of time to think in the last three, four, five, six months to where what can I do to extend my legacy but also have an entirely different chapter, a different mindset, a different person and I said, ‘I really feel like I’m a wanted man’ because the day I left my last job, I had so many — I’m so lucky that I had so many people reach out. Not to say thank you or none of that stuff, congrats. A bunch of people reached out instantly and said, ‘We want you here’ and I go, ‘Man, it is great to feel that.’”
“I am very fortunate and lucky that people came out, ‘How can we get you? What can we do?’ And I was like, ‘Man, I’m kind of a wanted man.’ It got me more excited and I’m back in it.”
“I was like, ‘I could show up and be a hired gun here, I could take this guy out and we could run’ and it’s like, I’m figuring out where we could go and I watch TNA go to IMPACT and become TNA in this special moment at Hard To Kill where this is a coming out party for TNA again and I go, ‘That could be a perfect fit’ and hopefully, I can back it up in the ring other than just talking about it and showing up.”
On Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nic Nemeth competed in his first TNA match that will air on Impact television in the weeks ahead.