Backstage Update – ​Brad Maddox Confirms Why He Was Fired From WWE

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UPDATE x 3: According to the Busted Open Radio Twitter account, Brad Maddox has confirmed the reason for his WWE release. Maddox spoke with the radio show and confirmed that his release was due to using the term “pricks” in a pre-dark match promo during last week’s Main Event tapings, which upset Vince McMahon.

The show will be available soon on Busted Open’s website. Maddox said the release surprised him and added that Vince McMahon was supporting the idea of Maddox’s tag team with Rose, all the way up to the day of the release.

He said in the interview that “I have badly missed wrestling for three years now…I didn’t feel like one of the boys, because I’m not contributing” and that “There is a stigma about Vince McMahon. His door is a lot scarier than he is.” He said that McMahon likes people coming to him with creative ideas and said of his next wrestling match, “I’m going to wait til the hype is so severe, that I have to come out like Sting/Hogan.”

UPDATE x 2: Brad Maddox’s release happened because of language that he used during his promo before his dark match at the SmackDown taping Tuesday night. Maddox used the phrase “cocky pricks,” which upset WWE officials and led to the decision to release him.


UPDATE: WWE has announced that they’ve released Brad Maddox. Maddox has been on the main roster since 2012, first working as a referee and then becoming the General Manager of RAW after Vickie Guerrero was removed from the position. After being “fired” as GM in May of last year, he had been on and off TV and worked house shows and dark matches in different personas; his last match for the company was a dark match at the SmackDown taping last night, where he lost to R-Truth.


WWE’s statement follows the format of their standard “release” statements: “WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Brad Maddox as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. WWE wishes Maddox the best in all of his future endeavors.”

ORIGINAL: The following is from WWE.com:

WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Brad Maddox as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. WWE wishes Maddox the best in all of his future endeavors.

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