A former WWE star has revealed the date their non-compete clause with the company ends.
WWE recently underwent the first round of cuts to its roster since Vince McMahon temporarily stepped away from the company in July 2022. McMahon’s short-lived retirement came amid an investigation into sexual misconduct and hush money allegations and at the time it stopped the cycle that had seen dozens of stars cut from the company’s roster over the previous two years.
Stars such as Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, Dana Brooke, and Matt Riddle among several others were released by WWE as well as SmackDown star Rick Boogs and now Boogs has given an indication as to when he might be seen elsewhere.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Rick Boogs revealed that his contract comes to a complete end on the 21st of December, after which time he’d be free to sign with another company:
“I know people are like, ‘You’re not in WWE anymore, let’s talk about it.’ I can’t, guys. I’m technically still under contract for three months. My birthday is December 21 and as a birthday present, I’m free from my contract, basically. My birthday, December 21, that’s when I’m free from my contract. Until then, I’m still under contract.”
Rick Boogs says Vince McMahon’s exit “killed” his WWE career
Previously Boogs claimed his release was down to a “backstage political power play” but later added that Vince McMahon leaving WWE in 2022 “killed” his career:
“I can say with 100% certainty, the removal of Vince killed my career.”
Rick Boogs joined WWE’s main roster in August 2021 and formed a popular team with Shinsuke Nakamura. The two men unsuccessfully challenged The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 38 but Boogs then missed several months of action through injury.
When Boogs returned to the ring, he was restricted to just seven appearances on TV in the months that followed before his release from the company.