Hollywood, CA (October 13, 2014) – Today news of WWE’s release of Willie McClinton, Jr. (Willie Mack) has spread through out the pro wrestling world.
The following is an official statement from McClinton: “I would like to thank everyone for their support during the past few months. It is true that I was scheduled to report to the WWE Performance Center later this year and it is true that they have chosen not to employ me at this time. Although I am disappointed that I will not be headed to Florida, I am proud of the fact that I was on their radar to begin with and was offered the opportunity, and I look forward to future opportunities with the WWE. In the mean time, I will continue my working relationships with Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, AWS, Pro Wrestling Revolution, Future Stars of Wrestling, Lucha VaVoom, All Pro Wrestling, PWG and the numerous international promotions I have worked with over the years.”
For booking inquires please contact McClinton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Thoughts: As a guy who’s been rejected a number of times from potential clients and employment opportunities, I understand the disappointment Willie is likely dealing with right now. That said, kudos to him for being professional about the situation. I think he’ll have another chance soon; after all, Claudio Castagnoli (aka WWE’s Cesaro) was famously released from developmental back in 2006 without much of a chance, and he bounced back from that with another great run in the indies before getting another shot at WWE! Heck, Daniel Bryan got a development contract, made it to the main roster, and got FIRED…and since his return to WWE at Summerslam 2010, has been on a heck of a roll (minus the current injury he’s dealing with, mind you). Best of luck to you, Willie, and hopefully things will pan out better soon.