What's the story?
As you probably know by now, TJP, i.e, TJ Perkins, was released by WWE as part of a "spring clean up" that happens once every few years, including the likes of Tye Dillinger, Hideo Itami and even Wrestling legend and backstage agent Arn Anderson.
Unlike Dillinger and Itami, however, the reason he left wasn't that he requested his release, it was for a more surprising reason.
In case you didn't know...
TJP had a long journey to WWE, even being homeless at one point of time. His story played off well in the first and only Cruiserweight Classic tournament in 2016, where he represented the Philippines and not only went on to win the tournament but become the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion as well (in the current rendition of the title).
Last week, Tye Dillinger and Hideo Itami were released from the company too. For these two, it was more that they requested their releases, as Dillinger had publicly stated so on Instagram himself, while Itami seemed to make it clear that he was on his way out.
The heart of the matter
Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio stated that TJP being released wasn't a cost-cutting measure, nor was it because he requested one. It was reportedly due to disciplinary measures, though not much further is known on the matter.
It's interesting to wonder what TJP could have done, but at this point, all we can do is speculate. TJP has always been very interactive with his fans on Instagram on Twitter, but he's never been known to get into trouble of any sorts.
Either way, there hasn't been much going for him creatively since he lost the Cruiserweight title in 2016. Hopefully, this will open up more doors for him in the future, and if the time is right, he can return.
The doors are open for TJP across the world. WWE is no longer the only viable option to earn a living in the pro wrestling business. He has a long way to go.Published 25 Feb 2019, 10:09 IST