Tony Nese has revealed how much longer he had on his WWE contract before his release, noting that he felt like he was on borrowed time when he was moved to NXT.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet on Insight, the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion noted that he had one more year to go on his WWE deal, before he was let go on June 25.
Noting that he thought the end was near as soon as the 205 Live roster was moved to NXT, Nese said:
“One more year. I knew as soon as they moved us to be part of the NXT roster; me and Ariya Daivari were like, ‘Alright, now we’re on borrow time. It’s a matter of time.’ We got these new contracts that, to the Raw roster is like a normal contract, but to the NXT roster is like a ‘Woah,’ contract, without getting into any specifics.
“When we would share the Raw locker room, we felt like we were good and safe. As soon as we got to NXT it was, ‘we’re on the least cared about show in all of WWE history,’ and they’re going to start looking at who is getting what and what their deals are. The whole year they just kept releasing, releasing, and releasing and we’re like, ‘Okay, it’s just a matter of time. When they start reviewing NXT contracts, we know we’re going out the door.
“It’s a crappy thing to think about and every day, I just convinced myself that the only thing I could control is me. Just go out there and do the absolute best I can. Go out there, have a great match, and whatever happens, happens.”
Nese recently confirmed reports that he has signed a deal with AEW, stating that his time with the company so far has ‘been a blessing’. The former WWE star will make his in-ring debut for the company on next Tuesday’s episode of AEW Dark.
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