Scotty 2 Hotty, also known as Scott Taylor, has released a statement confirming he has asked to be released by WWE where he first began working 30 years ago.
In a statement posted on social media, the former WWE Tag Team Champion said that his current coaching role has been one of the highlights of his career. However, he had also promised himself that he would never just take a job because it was a way of getting paid and that is how he was starting to feel in the position.
Today, I have asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 30 years ago I stepped into a WWE ring for the very first time. I have lived my dream 100 times over. Some of my most special memories will always be from the last five years working with NXT.
The black and gold brand was something special and I am proud to have been a small part of that. I always promised myself that I would never be part of something solely for the pay-check and that was where I was at. I told myself that I would walk away if I ever got to that point, so that is what I have chosen to do.
Coaching and producing the stars of NXT will always be a highlight of my life. I love you all more than you will ever know.
Originally wrestling for company as enhancement talent as early as 1991, Scotty 2 Hotty went on to become a WWE regular in 1997. His initial run was in the Light Heavyweight division, although he soon teamed up with Brian Christopher to become Too Much.
The team was renamed to Too Cool in 1999, and with Rikishi added to the group Scotty enjoyed some of the most successful days of his wrestling career.
The group eventually disbanded in 2000, with the real-life Scott Garland remaining with the company until his eventual release in May 2007.
Scotty 2 Hotty continued to wrestle on the independent scene after his release including multiple excursions abroad, before eventually rejoining the company as a trainer and agent in September 2016. He also briefly appeared on screen as one of the zombies in the Lumberjack Match at WrestleMania Backlash in 2020.