***We are re-posting this as it got buried very quickly with all the other news we posted this afternoon on the website.***
As noted earlier here on the website, WWE has parted ways with SmackDown Superstar Tyler Reks after his profile was moved to the company’s website Alumni section. As WWE infrequently announces talent departures (especially now with Linda McMahon’s senate campaign), this is often seen as a sign that a talent has been parted ways with the sports-entertainment organization.
Reks had recently tried out a new gimmick. Two weeks ago on SmackDown, he and tag team partner Curt Hawkins talked to General Manager Booker T about landing a spot on the program. After being told to “step it up,” the duo emerged in suits before their tag team match against two local athletes and proceeded to dance for the WWE Universe, “stripping off their suits in electrifyingly seductive fashion.” Reks and Hawkins utilized a double powerslam for the pinfall victory.
Reks, who made his professional wrestling debut in February 2007, had been under contract to WWE since January 2008.
Reks posted the following on Twitter, confirming his WWE departure…
I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request.
I realized recently that being a Superstar means sacrificing certain things, including time with my family. As a new father, my heart broke every time I had to leave to go on the road. I didn’t ever want to miss another moment with my daughter, so I made the decision to be a full time dad and hang up my boots.
I will miss everyone in the locker room tremendously as they have all become a second family to me. I want to thank my coaches and teachers that really helped me along the way: Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Edge, Christian, Kane, Jericho, Dr. Tom, Norman Smiley, and Billy Kidman.
I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I’ll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she’s older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well.
Thanks to all the dedicated fans of #ReksAndHawkins and to The #RekkingCrew. I would never have survived without you.
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