Recently on E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness, former WWE world champions Edge and Christian shared their thoughts on the releases of Emma, Summer Rae, and Darren Young. Additionally, Edge and Christian weighed in on NXT talent Lio Rush and his insensitive tweet regarding Emma's release.
On the subject of the recent WWE releases, Christian said he hopes for the best for everyone involved.
"I guess a few talent got released and people are asking what our thoughts are and whether we'd talk about it on the podcast," said Christian. "I mean, there's not really much to say. I mean, obviously, you don't want anybody to lose their job or their career or anything like that, so you just hope for the best for all the people that it has happened to and that they land on their feet and figure something out. If they truly love wrestling, they'll continue on and make other avenues and we see that's a very viable option now with all the other promotions and stuff not only in the U.S., but around the world. So we'll see what happens."
Moreover, Christian suggested that the released talent should take the opportunity to improve similar to how Drew McIntyre did.
"You look at a guy like Drew McIntyre, right? He was released and it actually helped him. It sucked at the time and I'm sure. We talked to him and if you haven't listened to that podcast, do yourself a favor and go back and listen to it because it was a great conversation. Yeah, but a guy like him, it really helped him and he came back better than he ever has, so in some respects, it's almost like, 'hey, we don't have anything for you - you're just kind of spinning your wheels and this is a chance for you to go out and better yourself.'"
In Edge's view, releases are just an unfortunate part of the pro wrestling business.
"Yeah, it sucks. I get it," Edge stated. "It's a business and at some point there's going to be a fluctuation in the talent roster and things like that. I don't know the reasons for anyone [being released]. I don't know if there necessarily needs to be a reason. It's just the way the business is sometimes."
Christian described Emma's WWE departure is "a little bit surprising", but fully expects the Australian grappler to kick out and become stronger than ever.
"[Emma] had a pretty good showing I thought, the last month or so, on TV and on the pay-per-view against Asuka and all those sorts of things." Christian added, "I feel like she's the type of performer that will go out and become stronger and do some things, so I wouldn't be shocked to see her back someday."
Edge suggested that Emma did not get the right opportunities to show her worth.
"If you watch her history of work and her and Paige at the first NXT Women's Championship. I mean, she can go. And a lot of times, you don't get the opportunity to necessarily show it."
As for Lio Rush's off-color joke regarding Emma's release, Christian suggested that peeps should exercise greater judgment and discretion online.
"I guess he had said something kind of [insensitive]. I guess he meant it to be somewhat cool or funny, saying, 'this is what happens when you're truly not ready for Asuka.' And man, it's like here's the thing. Yes, the guy made a mistake. He probably regrets doing what he did. And we talked about it before with social media and stuff like that these days, and it's another reason we should probably do an episode someday about the changing in technology, but just think before you hit the send button. Do you know what I mean? Read it over a couple of times and be like, 'what am I send out into the internet?' because once it's out there, it's out there. Use your head. That's all you have to do. Use some common sense."
'Captain Charisma' went on to suggest that Rush was not in a position to make the joke, as 'M.O.T.H.' has not accomplished as much as Emma in pro wrestling.
"Not only that, he's someone that hasn't accomplished nearly what Emma has accomplished. Do you know what I mean? It's not a smart thing to do. And it's not just for him, for any aspiring [pro] wrestler that wants to step up and make a name for himself and really go places, use your head before you hit the send button."
Edge admonished the tweet and suggested more social media training for WWE recruits.
"Talent and brains don't always go hand-in-hand, but I don't know the kid. But definitely not a good idea because you're now making a joke about someone's livelihood." Edge continued, "I think even WWE has classes now on social media and how to deal with this whole new thing. It's not necessarily new anymore, but there are ramifications, repercussions, that can happen from what you put out there."
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