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B-Fab Discusses WWE Release And The Fragility of The Promotion’s Contracts

Hit Row was one of the hottest acts in wrestling earlier this year. Isiah Swerve Scott, Top Dolla, Ashante Thee Adonis, and B-Fab were among the members of the Hip Hop quartette. The trio was extensively featured in NXT, thus it came as no surprise when they were drafted by WWE and introduced to the SmackDown roster. Despite their success, the group was shattered when WWE dropped B-Fab apparently out of nowhere on November 4th, followed by the rest of the group on November 18th. B-Fab spoke openly about the group’s dismissal from WWE at a virtual signing with K&S WrestleFest.

She stated that she was free of her non-compete agreement before discussing her emotions about why she and the rest of the group were released: “I have no clue at all. They released me along with 18 other people. The thing that they said was budget cuts, that’s the most detail I know. There was really no reason. They were saying that the boys were deemed to be okay without me because they could all talk. I really wasn’t a manager because I was going to be wrestling, I just hadn’t been doing it yet. They could all talk so [WWE] felt like, why do they need me? They’ve had Shield and New Day and most guys do well, so they probably felt ‘they will be fine without her because other groups have survived. It goes along with the disconnect from NXT and the main roster. If you’re paying attention to NXT like our fans were, they saw how we impacted the field as a unit. They got to see us every week and knew how we worked together and gelled and they loved to see it. Maybe the main roster didn’t see everything we did and only saw a few things. I feel like the disconnect was always there between NXT and the main roster, they don’t really know what’s going on in NXT always to fully understand an act when it goes to the main roster. If you saw us in NXT, you would have known we were perfectly fine as a unit.”

Hit Row was extremely popular in NXT, and their stuff was an instant sale; it’s a pity WWE let them go without allowing them to realize their full potential. During the conversation, B-Fab also discussed how Shane Mcmahon approached her about hosting Raw Underground: “I don’t know if anybody saw, but I got to do a co-hosting moment for that for a second. It was only on TV for like a month or whatever, but I got to do a co-hosting moment for RAW Underground. I literally got picked right on the spot,” she said. “I was just there to be part of the audience who bangs on the ring on the side and was there for the crowd. Shane comes up to me and he goes, ‘hey, how comfortable are you on the mic?’ I said, ‘super comfortable, very comfortable.’ He was like, ‘okay, cool, I might need a co-host for this, so just be ready,'” said B-Fab. 

B-Fab also discussed WWE’s current contracts, stating that they do not feel like contracts but rather agreements: “It’s a sad situation because I don’t even know if you can call it a contract because most contracts have to be worked through until they are finished. With them being able to terminate whenever it’s more like an agreement than a contract. If you want to live your life, you can’t put your life on hold for this agreement because they can change it whenever they want. It’s kind of hard to plan what you want to do when you don’t know what’s going to happen day-to-day. It’s not very secure and it’s a scary situation to put yourself in. It’s very difficult to say if it’s even worth it. Now, people are moving from across the country to do this job and you can get cut in six months and you moved your entire life and family over here.”

Only time will tell if WWE will reconsider how to arrange their contracts in the future, but for the time being, it appears like B-Fab is OK and will be doing greater and better things in 2022.

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