According to a source, AW's release from WWE on Friday was due to two major points: first, and most obvious, was his tasteless and very non-PG Kobe Bryant reference/joke on RAW recently. The second, and equally as integral in the company's decision to fire him, was not as obvious.
This past Thursday on Twitter, AW posted the following tweet about the current Linda McMahon Senate campaign: #AWPromotio$ says vote for Linda McMahon!!! The PTP'z support Linda and so should you!! #VoteOrDie4Linda
According to our source, WWE has no tolerance right now for wrestlers in the company referencing McMahon's Senate run in any way, shape or form. Even if the subject matter is positive, as noted in the aforementioned tweet, WWE wants no mentions of any kind from its' employees about McMahon and politics. For both reasons, AW saw his career as a WWE Superstar go down the drain this week.
A representative for WWE told TMZ.com Friday evening, "Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W. was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media."
Without specifically mentioning what the "poor judgment" was on social media, they are referring the Linda McMahon tweet. Even though it was a positive tweet encouraging fans to vote for Linda, WWE doesn't want any talents to even mention Linda McMahon's name on social media sites as we noted above.
Following his release, AW went back to Twitter and tweeted the following: I really do hope Linda wins that election because If not then all of this BS has been for nothing. #GoLinda!!