Former WWE NXT referee Drake Wuertz was released last month after reports surfaced of “significant heat” within the NXT locker room. Wuertz’s release was not a one-man cut, as the referee was let go along with numerous other development talents.

One of those fellow cuts was NXT UK star Alexander Wolfe. The former member of Imperium recently joined Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman on the Wrestling Inc. Daily, noting he never had any issues with Wuertz.

“I’ve known Drake since 2010. One of my first wXw matches was against him,” Wolfe said. “I know back in the day he had the alcohol addiction problems, but he got better. I have a different opinion than all the guys that want to s–t on him.”

Wolfe emphasized wanting people to have the “freedom of choice” with their opinions.

“It doesn’t matter how he believes in politics or whatever,” Wolfe said. “And this is very important because right now America is such a divided country because of politics, because of the election last year, because of all the bulls–t going around with COVID and all the stuff you see on television and what got promoted. Everybody should have the freedom of choice, what you want to do, what you want to believe.”

The former NXT Tag Team Champion clarified that while he wants everyone to have the freedom to choose, people need to be cognizant of when they should and should not be publicly promoting their ideas.

“Of course, I haven’t seen anything [with Drake], and he was always great to me. When he did something like this, it’s probably like, ‘Okay, shut the f–k up,’” Wolfe said. “If you believe in that, if you like to think that, if you believe in what somebody calls a conspiracy, that’s good. That’s awesome. But keep it to yourself. You also need to know that when you work for a publicly traded company, it’s okay to be open and express your mind because it’s the First Amendment, but know that you could get yourself in trouble. Let’s say he posts something about politics. You probably have some guys that would agree but you’ll also have more guys possibly that disagree with you. So you have 50% of your followers kind of, you know, [upset]. So you have to know you damaged yourself. Even if you think there’s some guys out there that share my opinion about a political topic or something, know some people are right on the other side.

“I hear Drake is a big supporter of working against child trafficking. I think I speak for everybody when I say nobody thinks that’s a good thing. It’s a horrible thing. And if you get deep into it, you probably get f–ked up in your brain. If you’re in that rabbit hole, you probably see something everywhere. Maybe he got too deep in it, I don’t know, but you cannot bring that to work. You are a professional athlete, a professional worker for this company. You have to be professional. If somebody wants to get the vaccine, that’s their choice. If nobody wants the vaccine, it’s fine, it’s their honest opinion. But you cannot tell somebody that wants to get it, ‘Don’t get it.’ Let it be.”

Since his release, Wuertz says he intends to resume his in-ring career.

You can follow Axel on twitter @axeman3016. You can find the full audio and video from part two of Wolfe’s interview below: