Over the weekend, it emerged that SmackDown star and former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak had left WWE. Initially, it was believed that Gulak had been released by WWE, but it has since been reported that his contract was up for renewal, and he opted not to re-sign.
The news came as a complete shock to many people. Just 24 hours before his release, Drew Gulak went one-on-one with former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan in the first round of the Intercontinental Championship tournament in SmackDown’s main event.
We now know the real reason why Gulak left WWE and opted not to re-sign his contract, and like most things in wrestling, it was down to money.
According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio, Drew Gulak decided not to re-sign his WWE deal as he asked for more money on his contract, and the higher-ups rejected his request. As such, Gulak opted not to sign a new deal with the company and left WWE.
While WWE, especially over the last year, have been quite open to giving their talent massive new deals to stop them from going to AEW, the Coronavirus pandemic has meant that WWE is simply not in the position to be offering anyone a substantial raise right now, and that unfortunately included Gulak.
Of course, it is important to note that last month it emerged that despite the Coronavirus pandemic, WWE is set to make record profits this year. The mass releases and refusal to offer raises is not to keep the company afloat, but to instead maximise profit during this time.
Everyone at WrestleTalk would like to wish Drew Gulak the best of luck with his future. Once normality resumes and live wrestling shows are permitted, there will likely be a long list of companies trying to sign the immensely talented former WWE star.