Max Dupri was surprisingly removed from his own Maximum Male Models stable in WWE last week, with PWTorch's Wade Keller reporting that Vince McMahon made the decision after the former LA Knight had "rubbed some people the wrong way and wasn't fitting in" backstage.
NXT talent Sofia Cromwell was introduced as Max's sister, Maxxine Dupri, on last week's SmackDown. She will presumably lead ma.cé and mån.sôör going forward.
In a new update, Fightful Select state that a source has indicated that McMahon's retirement as WWE Chairman and CEO was the best thing that could have happened to Dupri. Max still has supporters in the promotion, which means his removal being reversed isn't out of the question now that Vince is no longer head of creative.
Fightful also report that Dupri was unbooked from Maximum Male Models at the last minute, having previously expressed reservations on an idea that McMahon had taken a big personal interest in. With regards to Max rubbing people the wrong way, a source noted that he'd "ruffled some feathers with a couple of scripts."
Dupri, best known for his work as Eli Drake before joining WWE, has been signed to the market leaders since February 2021.