The weird way this has gone down, I wonder if he's really through with them, or if this was some weird bit of things getting lost in the shuffle. Like, is there any chance of them coming back to the table and working out a new contract? Usually, WWE doesn't feature a guy this heavily when they're looking to let them go, and Gulak seemed pretty happy to promote what he was up to on Smackdown. Don't get me wrong; it's not like I don't think this guy could do top-quality work anywhere he went, but he finally had a pretty good thing going with WWE, and I'd love to see more of it.
Major bummer. I have never seen anyone who is so good at the grapps and also so naturally funny. I hope he goes somewhere where I can watch him, once people can do things again. Drew Gulak is the best because one time I gave him a sticker and he wore it on TV for like 2 weeks. By third grade rules that made us best friends. I will never forgive my husband for introducing me to this stupid sport that constantly breaks your heart.
It's the most important meal of the day.
Yeah the reports are that they couldn't agree on a new contract and that was that. Maybe he also just chose staying home over re-signing and traveling to FL constantly during a pandemic indefinitely?
Drew is the absolute best. As a Philly Chikara guy, I've seen him do some of my favorite indie wrestling comedy and just straight-up submission and/or brawling.
The last wrestling show that I went to before everything shut down was Elimination Chamber, which had that awesome Bryan/Gulak match. But the night *before* that, there was a small indie show I went to about a half-hour north of me and Drew was there, just hanging out, mainly because a friend he'd trained (I think) was on the card. We had at least a 5+ min conversation before the show, we took a picture to send my wife (who was feeling under the weather and gonna miss the PPV) and he remembered me from Chikara shows, even though he never actually knew my name and hadn't seen me in over three years.
Speculation ... WWE gives him a bit of main roster time with somebody he can really have fun with as part of a bargaining ploy to try to keep him (i.e. keep him from going anywhere else). Too little, too late: "Nope, not going to re-sign, just to get dumped back down to invisibility." If his contract simply expires, he can show up immediately on Jericho's podcast, & say anything he wants. (If his contract expires this week (or has already), he could show up on AEW's ppv this weekend!) If they "grant him his release", it seems like that always entails a 90-day "no compete" (which also seems to include a "no shit talk" clause). That gives WWE some modicum of control over his behaviour, at least til mid-August.
So, don't be sad! It's just a question of where he shows up next (AEW, Impact, ROH, NJPW(!?!) -- wherever he has the most pals & best fit), & whether its soon or 3 months from now. It's all good!!!
A buddy of mine also pointed out that he (and probably nearly all of the OG Cruiserweight Classic/205 Live class) are likely working under the original contracts they signed 3+ years ago. So he definitely deserved a raise and maybe that's where things broke down?