Released NXT Star Says “There’s A Shift Happening In WWE”

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Asher Hale, who was one of the NXT competitors recently released by WWE has released a statement saying that the winds of change are blowing in the company.

Hale, who also competes under his real name of Anthony Henry spent most of his WWE career on 205 Live. He only made his debut for the company on the 4th of May on an episode of NXT where he lost to Cameron Grimes. Hale’s only other appearance on the black and gold brand came at the end of June where he fell to defeat again, this time at the hands of Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong.

Taking to Twitter, Hale addressed his release initially thanking NXT and Triple H in particular for the opportunity. Expanding further, the former independent star noted that there is change afoot in the company.

“There is a shift happening, within the company and I no longer fit what they are looking for. I mean, I get it. I just wish I had known that before moving my family down here, but we all take risks in life. It was a choice I made.”

The comments come after it was reported that there were “major changes” coming to NXT. In the wake of the most recent releases, Mike Johnson of PWInsider noted that the changes would include a new logo, new lighting, a focus on younger talents, and a different format to the TV shows.

This was followed by a report from Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio where he noted that NXT would be focussing on “younger, bigger guys that could someday main event WrestleMania.”

Elsewhere in the statement, Hale also revealed that he has been carrying an injury for much of his time in WWE which has limited him in the ring. Hale explained that he herniated two disks in his spine during a training match about a month into his stay at the Performance Center. He went on to add that this meant during his televised matches he was performing at 75% at best.

Asher Hale’s final match for WWE came on the 30th of July edition of 205 Live where he was defeated by Drake Maverick.