Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
As noted earlier today, one of the main reasons Justin Gabriel quit WWE last week was because he was growing frustrated with his position in the company, being stuck on lower-level shows such as NXT, Superstars and Main Event. He was also the guy under The Bunny costume in Adam Rose’s “Rosebuds” group on several occasions.
Gabriel, real name Paul Lloyd Jr., had been looking at other career opportunities outside of the pro wrestling business for some time, one of which may have come through, which made his decision to quit easier.
He had done some acting and modeling prior to signing with WWE in 2008.
Gabriel has already booked some independent wrestling dates, where he will likely use the name P.J. Black, the name he used before signing with WWE. He’s got a booking for Preston City Wrestling against El Ligero on March 13th, and will also appear on some WrestleMania 31 weekend shows on March 26th, 27th and 28th for the Evolve/WWN promotion in San Jose, California. On one of those shows, he is scheduled to work a singles match against Ricochet.
Those close to Gabriel have said he was fed up with the system in WWE and felt that the company was never going to do anything with him.