WWE star Dolph Ziggler’s brother Ryan Nemeth has made a number of appearances for AEW recently. However, he was previously under contract with WWE, working in NXT.
Now, Nemeth has opened up about his time in NXT and, more specifically, why he was released. In his recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Nemeth revealed it was a change in management that had him packing his bags. Here is the quote, courtesy of Wrestling News:
“It was working great for me when Dr. Tom Prichard was head coach and John Laurinaitis was in charge of talent. I was getting treated fairly. Dusty Rhodes thought I was cool. They thought I was good at talking and handsome and going to be on TV right away and I’ll learn to wrestle as I go. That was going great for me. They literally had a top 10 list of talent back then and I was 3. I felt that I really didn’t feel I deserved to be third in this amazing group of people, but, cool, I’ll take it.
Then almost overnight, someone else took over talent and someone else became head coach and I didn’t exist anymore, basically. That’s what happens in any kind of show business thing. If someone else shows up and they like other people, see ya. When the new coach took over, it was super clear to me that this man didn’t like me or that he didn’t like my brother. He’s (the coach) is not there anymore. Certain people, I don’t even like to name and give credit to, but I would call him coach to his face in a way that really to me was, you don’t deserve to be a coach. You’re not a coach and you suck as a coach.
I remember the phone call I got from the guy who is the office guy, and a few months before I spoke to him and I said, ‘Hey, I think this coach doesn’t like me and I’m kind of screwed.’ This executive at the time said, ‘I can confirm that. That is true.’ I said, ‘So you know I’m doing really well but the reports you get are changed to say I’m not doing well.’ He said, ‘Yes, I’ve gathered that much.’ I said, ‘Is there anything I can do about this?’ He said, ‘I’m not sure.’ As he called me to release me from my contract, I said, ‘Hey, do you remember a few months ago when we had that talk?’ He said, ‘Yep.’ I said, ‘Is that what’s happening now?’ He said, ‘Yep’. That is just how wrestling works. He basically said out loud like yes, you’re getting fake fired and I can’t stop it.”
Ryan Nemeth appeared on AEW Dynamite this week, losing a match to PAC. This was his second match on Dynamite, having previously lost to Hangman Page.
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