[WWE News] Tyler Reks Granted His Release

WWE superstar Tyler Reks was granted his release from the company on Monday, citing the desire to be at home and spend more time with his wife and new daughter. Reks announced this yesterday afternoon via his Twitter and Facebook, and WWE confirmed it some time later via their Twitter. Here is Reks’, real name Gabe Tufts, official statement on the matter:

I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request. 

I realized recently that being a Superstar means sacrificing certain things, including time with my family. As a new father, my heart broke every time I had to leave to go on the road. I didn’t ever want to miss another moment with my daughter, so I made the decision to be a full time dad and hang up my boots. 

I will miss everyone in the locker room tremendously as they have all become a second family to me. I want to thank my coaches and teachers that really helped me along the way: Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Edge, Christian, Kane, Jericho, Dr. Tom, Norman Smiley, and Billy Kidman.

I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I’ll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she’s older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well.

Thanks to all the dedicated fans of #ReksAndHawkins and to The #RekkingCrew. I would never have survived without you.

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While Mr. Tufts’ decision to leave was for pure and wonderful reasons, it will not end up being a big loss for the WWE in the long run. His team with Curt Hawkins, while entertaining, has gone nowhere and looked to be continuing down that path. So it’s a win win for both parties: Tufts can spend more time with his family and his marketing company, and WWE can save some money on payroll without taking a big hit creatively. The only one that will truly feel the sting? Hawkins himself. Where does he go from here?

Brutal honesty aside, I’m happy that Mr. Tufts got to choose his family over his demanding job and can still find fulfillment outside of wrestling. Few ever do.

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