WWE DENY Releases For NXT's The Dyad

Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid confirm that their leave requests were turned down.

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Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid (AKA Zack Gibson and James Drake) have confirmed that WWE have turned down their release requests, and offered further information on exactly when they'll get what they want - which is to get out.

Making the statement public via Twitter, Fowler said;

“Today WWE have denied our release, which was requested on April 3rd. On 15th Oct '23 we will be free agents again. I personally want to thank all of our fans for your continued support, it means a lot to both of us especially during times like these! We'll see you on the 16th!”

Jagger added:

"I want to thank you all for your support throughout my career, I'll never take that for granted. My contract with WWE expires on 14th October 2023. I'm excited to share our next chapter, once we are free agents."

Drake and Gibson have been teaming since as far back as 2017, and have worked for WWE in some capacity ever since. The Grizzled Young Veterans worked separately and together across NXT and NXT UK until 2020 when they moved across to NXT full time. They joined Joe Gacy's Schism stable and rebranded as The Dyad in July 2021 and have worked as midcard heels on the show ever since.

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