Ruby Soho was just one of dozens of wrestlers released by WWE earlier this year. Her release followed a long period of time where was mostly lost in the shuffle and infrequently booked on television. Given a lengthy injury in 2019 that was book ended by bad creative, Ruby Riott actually went more than a year without winning a match in WWE.
“I wish I knew. Like I said, it came as a huge shock to me. And there were a lot of ones that I didn’t see coming. I liked my job at the time, I liked it. I didn’t have any problems. I loved the locker room so much, I love the women. Especially the Smackdown women’s locker room, that was some of the best times of my life ’cause those women are absolutely incredible people. Liv (Morgan) and I were working our asses off to be the most cohesive tag team we possibly could.”
“I have no idea really what I was missing or what didn’t work...I don’t know what happened. I wish I did. But I didn’t talk to a lot of people there. I tried to, but I didn’t get a lot of feedback while I was there. So I didn’t always know if there was something that I was doing wrong.”
Soho’s heart was broken when she was fired by Vince McMahon. Paquette asked what her relationship with Vince was like. Soho said it never really developed, which may have had something to do with her release:
“We didn’t speak very often. I’d see him after matches and stuff. We didn’t really talk, he was always so busy...I think I spoke to him in his office probably in four years, twice? But I also wasn’t one of those people, and I think maybe this was my own fault. I wasn’t at his door all the time. And I wasn’t trying to make more of a connection and make more of a relationship. He’s so busy that I, I feel like...you hired me because you trust me that I know what I’m doing. And I feel like unless I hear that you don’t like something that I’m doing and I need to talk to you so we can address it, I don’t feel like I need to waste your time.”
“And that was one of the things. I don’t want to insult you by wasting your time and being like ‘hey, why am I not booked?’ I understand it’s wrestling, I get it. I was not one of those people that liked to do that unless I had something to talk to him about. And like I said, maybe I needed to be a little bit more forceful about building a relationship with him and just talk to him. But him being so busy, unless I had something important to talk to him about, I didn’t want to waste his time.”
Soho debuted with AEW earlier this month and competed for the women’s world championship in the main event of Dynamite last night. She comes off like a big star right now given her theme music, her promos, and the way the audience loudly reacts to her presence and chants her name. Add it all up, and she’s certainly not the only person who has a hard time trying to explain why WWE released her.