WWE News: Confusion regarding Sandow's non-compete clause cleared
Loophole in Sandow's contract with WWE?
Damien Sandow’s WWE career suffered a setback due to a failed cash-in of his Money in the Bank contract for the World Heavyweight Championship. He soon fell down to the lower card status in the company despite being ‘over’ with the fans. Months later, he adopted a ‘stunt double’ gimmick and successfully won the WWE Tag Team Championship with The Miz in late 2014.
Unfortunately, he didn’t ‘fit’ into WWE’s plans and was ultimately released from the company on May 6th, 2016. After getting released, Sandow announced on Twitter that he will be accepting bookings from independent wrestling promotions again.
It was recently reported by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter that, like every other released wrestler, Sandow had to sign a non-compete clause with the company which will prevent him from wrestling till August 7th. As a majority of the fans were aware of this clause, they were a bit shocked to see Damien Sandow wrestle in MCW’s live event in Joppa, MD, this weekend.
Bringing back his stunt-double gimmick, he teamed up with The Bruiser, Colt Cabana and Johny Crabcakes to face The Kings at the event. Wrestlinginc.com clarified that Sandow has indeed signed a non-compete deal, but it allows him to work house shows in the meantime. After August 7th, he can work matches that will be telecasted.