The non-compete clause from the WWE releases in April has expired. At the stroke of midnight, several big names posted sly updates about their future. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows announced they signed with Impact Wrestling. Zack Ryder has a new theme song. Heath Slater, EC3, and No Way Jose released short films.
Heath Slater received his wake-up call.
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When I was young, I dreamt of having a place just for me inside the squared circle. With the help of my Mom and Grandpa, I made that dream my reality. At 23 years old, my priority was me and only me. I lived the life that the old timers told me about and life on the road was everything I thought it would be at first. As the years went on my career evolved and so did I. I became a man, a husband and a father. Year after year, loss after loss my time in the ring became less and less fulfilling and my time at home became more and more precious but there was never a healthy balance between the two. Leaving WWE may have not been on my terms, but moving forward the choices I make regarding my career and my life will be ONLY on my terms. Over the last 14 years, I lost the man I thought I was... but Thank God I’m finding him again. I’m ready to reignite my fire. I’m ready to be the wrestler I was meant to be, while being the father and the husband that my family deserves. Now it’s my turn and I’m going to rise. So y’all better watch the hell out. Special thanks to @mauricio_jc0509 with @visualfirst_production for your time and dedication to this project. Thank you to Matt Mullins with @thebringdowns for my amazing new entrance music. Thank you to @latitude35cf for allowing us to use your space and kicking my ass into top shape over the last 90 days. Thanks to my wife @prettymotherpuckers for always having my back, even when I didn’t make it easy. My mom @ddtsrt for being my biggest fan. And of course a special thanks to my friends who have supported me through all of this change @natesiemon @emusukhbayar @emileesiemon @thomasculp88, @dmcintyrewwe @ganzo.u
EC3 is starting his new challenge with, “The Narrative.” A prelude starts on Twitter.
The Narrative - The Fight Begins#ControlYourNarrative#FreeEC3#TheNarrative#TheFightBegins pic.twitter.com/BAT6vV34UH— I|I essential character I|I (@therealec3) July 17, 2020
You’ll have to visit his Facebook page for the short film (here). It has a red pill Fight Club vibe. The closing song sounds like a perfect tune to get a pop with, “You have been warned,” for wherever EC3 goes next. I’m looking at Impact’s Slammiversary PPV on Saturday night.
No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.) took notice of EC3’s idea of controlling your narrative.
Time for a change #ControlYourNarrative#FreeLevyValenz#TheNarrative pic.twitter.com/NXDgQ6ZFFx— Levis ⁷ (@WWENoWayJose) July 18, 2020
One of Impact’s main teases for a surprise appearance at Slammiversary was three men drinking whiskey. The implication was that a new group would arrive. If EC3 is indeed the main mystery man, then could Levy Valenz be one of the three men drinking whiskey? That would be an interesting twist.
Matt Cardona (fka Zack Ryder) is #AlwayzReady. He has a new entrance tune from Downstait.
Here it is! Check out my brand new entrance theme, "When the Lights Go Down” by @DownstaitBand, on Spotify NOW! #AlwayzReady https://t.co/xZygPHXeku pic.twitter.com/MidQeIbohP— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) July 18, 2020
A forgotten man in the mix is Erick Rowan (Joseph Rudd). His banishment is over. Could that be a sign that he also has a new contract on the table?
Banishment pic.twitter.com/gDgn0gI8ZW— Joseph Ruud (@ErickRedBeard) July 18, 2020
Where is your preferred destination for all these fellows?