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justin gabriel’s ditched the wwe!

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One minute he’s jump­ing from the top rope and land­ing on his op­po­nents for the win, the next he’s turned his back on the sports en­ter­tain­ment gi­ant. the wwe dropped justin gabriel from their battle royal line-up at the royal rum­ble pay-per-view on 25 jan­uary 2015 and re­leased a state­ment say­ing that they’d agreed to re­lease him with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. he’s since signed with pro wrestling syn­di­cate and justin will go by the name “the dare­wolf” pj black when he gets back into the ring. so how do we know that it wasn’t a good split from the wwe? the only thing that justin’s had to say on the mat­ter was this tweet: “i should prob­a­bly is­sue a state­ment. but first. break­fast.” and he’s not the only star to have walked out on the wwe busi­ness…

bret “the hit­man” hart

how: one of the most iconic wrestlers climbed into the ring in 1997 and un­loaded a tirade on wwe ceo vince mcma­hon, the busi­ness and most of the su­per­stars back­stage, claim­ing that he’d been “screwed by the busi­ness i love the most”.

The truth: back then, the wwe wasn’t that big and vince was un­able to pay bret the salary that they’d agreed upon the year be­fore, when the hit­man signed his 20-year con­tract.

“stone cold” steve austin

how: he was fired by gen­eral manager eric bischoff on “med­i­cal grounds” in 2003, a year af­ter re­turn­ing from his feud with vince mcma­hon and other su­per­stars.

The truth: le­git­i­mately, it was med­i­cal rea­sons. steve broke his neck in 1997 in a match with the late owen hart (it left him tem­po­rar­ily paral­ysed in the ring) and his doc­tors told him that “a vi­o­lent move could leave him a quad­ri­plegic”.

cac­tus jack

how: su­per­star mick fo­ley’s most in­fa­mous per­sona (he had three – dude love, cac­tus jack and mankind) quit the ring in 1998 be­cause the fans “don’t love me; they only love stone cold steve austin”. mankind and dude love still wres­tled.

The truth: cac­tus jack was also mick’s cra­zi­est per­sona – he lost an ear, broke bones and beat him­self. he just couldn’t meet the phys­i­cal de­mands of be­ing cac­tus jack any­more.

cm punk

how: the out­spo­ken star was put on “sab­bat­i­cal” in early 2014 af­ter be­ing a no-show at a num­ber of live events.

The truth: cm punk told vince and triple h (the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of tal­ent, live events & cre­ative) that he was “go­ing home”. ac­cord­ing to vince, they couldn’t re­solve their is­sues and cm punk was fired af­ter not re­port­ing for work. he’s now fight­ing in the ufc world of mixed mar­tial arts.

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