Ex-SmackDown Star Says He Thought He Let His Family Down After WWE Release

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Shane Strickland FKA Isaiah “Swerve” Scott has shared his thought on his WWE release and how he felt he had let his family down.

Shane Strickland enjoyed a lot of success in NXT as Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Not only was he a member of the popular faction Hit Row, but he also won the NXT North American Championship in June 2021 after defeating the behemoth Bronson Reed.

During the WWE Draft in October, Scott and his fellow stablemates in Hit Row were drafted en masse from NXT to the dizzy heights of SmackDown. However, the group was not long for the blue brand as B-Fab was released from WWE in early November with Scott, Top Dolla, and Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis following her out the door just a few short weeks later.

Speaking on his first Swerve City Podcast since leaving WWE, Shane Strickland discussed the difficult feelings he experienced following his WWE release, particularly the sense that he had let his family down:

“When the release happened I was upset. It was more of an embarrassment to my family because I felt like I was like, I let them down because I talked up so much about how everything was going to be okay, everything is going to be I’m going to exceed the expectations. We’re doing something that’s never been done, yadda yadda yadda.”

“It felt like it was like now it was thrown back in my face.”

Shane Strickland then went on to say that he can now appreciate everything he accomplished in WWE and reflect back favourably on the experience:

“But once again, I look around and I’m appreciative of all that I’ve accomplished. Everything that I’ve done in the WWE, I’m proud of.”

“I was able to — I learned to rap three years ago and I was able to do it on the USA Network, live, with my friends in the audience watching. I was able to do it live. One take like, no cuts, live on the USA Network, in front of hundreds of thousands of people watching at home, in front of my friends and family that were there and live in attendance.”

“I was able to pull myself out of obscurity into becoming something that was just like it was needed. It was like wanted, an act, a group that just had to be on the next level, we did that, and we did it in five months of being together and knowing each other. That’s something I can always be proud of and I can leave my mark with it and be proud and move on.”

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