“Top Dolla” AJ Francis reportedly had heat on the main roster before his WWE release was announced on Thursday night.
As noted, WWE released 8 wrestlers last night – Francis and hit Hit Row stablemates, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, plus Drake Maverick, Jaxson Ryker, Tegan Nox, Shane Thorne, and John Morrison.
In an update, there had been rumblings of Francis having heat while Hit Row was still in WWE NXT, but now The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the NXT heat was due to Francis rubbing “a ton of people the wrong way” while he was there.
It was also said that Francis was getting the same reputation since being called up to work SmackDown in the WWE Draft.
WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon reportedly saw Francis as the star of the Hit Row stable, due to his size.
It was speculated that once WWE decided to get rid of Francis, Scott and Adonis were likely just caught in the crossfire. “B-Fab” Briana Brandy was released earlier this month right after the group was called up.
The Hit Row members will become free agents on Wednesday, February 16 when their 90-day non-compete clauses expire with WWE.
The members reacted to the news of their releases with the following comments:
See y’all in 90 days. #BudgetCuts
My 3rd Album Drops 12/3 on
All Streaming Platforms pic.twitter.com/4cWfmPSaQm
— A.J. Francis aka FRAN¢ (@AJFrancis410) November 19, 2021
"Prepare for whatever is ahead of me,
Making sure my hard work recieves its crediting,
My lifes a movie scene and we just Editing,
Hoping act 3 moves us on 2 better things,
Walk in the building wreak havoc recieve my publishing,
So Tell me how much a G u are without telling me" pic.twitter.com/vcCdii5p2T
— Just Different (@swerveconfident) November 19, 2021
Thank You WWE
— Ashante Thee Adonis (@TheeAdonisWWE) November 19, 2021
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