Zack Ryder has unfortunately been released by WWE. This release occurred as a result of their on-going efforts to cut talent and save money due to the current climate of things.
While there had to be some expectation of changes coming to WWE, today has been a dark day in the company’s history. It’s seen a large list of talent and backstage producers released from their contract and the list seems to be growing by the minute.
Ryder would debut in WWE in April of 2005 at the age of just 20 years old and managed to stay with the company for nearly 15 years. In his time with the company, he’d win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship twice with Curt Hawkins – who was also released as a part of these changes, the WWE United States Championship and had a WrestleMania moment when he’d win the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match.
Ryder and Hawkins were both used sparingly on WWE television outside of their most recent Tag Team Championship reign that stemmed from a victory at WrestleMania 35 over the Revival, another team released from their WWE contracts just days before this major cutback day took place.
Uncertain Times for Ryder, Hawkins and Others
It’s unclear what the future has in store for Ryder, Hawkins and really everybody else released from their contracts. Given the way most companies are operating right now due to COVID-19, it won’t be easy for wrestlers who are out of work to find jobs in the near-future.
There’s a chance that WWE looks to re-visit certain contracts once things settle down but for now, all released talent will have to do their best to provide for their families in these uncertain times.