WWE generally doesn’t comment on personnel moves for talents that are on NXT or in their developmental system. But after his name circulated with seven others on Wednesday, Alexander Wolfe didn’t waste any time confirming his new status - and rebranding himself online with his real name, Axel Tischler:
Just for the record:— Axel The Axeman Tischer (@axeman3016) May 19, 2021
My WWE contract will expire on June 15th.
That means I'm a free agent on June 16th.
I have a lot in my head right now
so let's keep it short:
Thank you @WWENXT @WWE for 6 year.
Bye bye pic.twitter.com/hB09dG8RC3
Now he’s also spoken to Germany’s Sport1 to offer an honest, fair assessment of both his release and his six year run with WWE:
“I got a call from WWE on Wednesday and was told that my contract was not extended. It wasn’t officially a dismissal because my contract expires on June 15th. From then on I am no longer a wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment... it hit me less hard than I expected. I’m quite relaxed and happy, I don’t feel like pitying myself.
“First of all, I am generally a positive person, secondly, I can look back on six wonderful years at WWE with great and unique experiences, thirdly, I have had a plan B for a long time, which I am now tackling - and I also have little time to complain about it. because I have to organize a big move within four weeks, move furniture, cancel subscriptions, all the bells and whistles. It goes on and I am in good spirits that I can now apply everything I have learned elsewhere, where it is just as valued - maybe even more.
“You could have made a lot more of it [Imperium, WALTER’s stable he was last aligned with in NXT], definitely, especially because I don’t think the story has been told out for a long time, I thought it was funny to hear now that I can’t stay. But there will be reasons why the decision makers have decided this now. Maybe there was not enough interest in the audience that you wanted to reach, maybe someone was of the opinion that it was not going in the right direction. It’s a shame, but can’t be changed.”
The 34 year old shared what he was told about the decision to not renew his contract:
“The reason I was given was the pandemic time that savings are still necessary due to the global event restrictions. Well, that’s better than no reason at all, but ultimately you know: WWE makes so much money that no firing is really mandatory. But it is what it is. The machine continues to run, the parts are replaced. I see, that’s the business. I can say so much: I am proud of what I have achieved. I know I could have achieved more, but in a league like WWE you don’t have everything in your own hands. You have to control what you can control, I don’t think I can blame myself in that regard.”
Tischler goes on to talk about “Plan B”, which could include a full-time contract somewhere, or just taking independent bookings. He’s definitely moving his family back to Germany, as he wants his now two year old son to grow up there.
Alles gute, gnädiger Herr.
Translation via Google Translate