The Forgotten Sons stable, consisting of Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler, and Wesley Blake, were in line for a big push once called up to the main roster. The plan was for them to defeat The New Day to become SmackDown Tag Team Champions. However, the group was taken off television shortly after debuting on the blue brand due to Ryker tweeting support for Donald Trump following the George Floyd tragedy and BLM protests.
Eventually, Cutler and Blake returned to television to work with Baron Corbin as The Knights of the Lone Wolf, but the angle was hastily dropped after Cutler missed TV due to the need to isolate. On February 4, 2021, WWE announced Cutler had been released from the company, and the belief was Vince McMahon was furious that Cutler got ill due to attending a New Year’s Eve party along with his girlfriend, Deonna Purrazzo of Impact Wrestling.
Now in an interview with Fightful, he discusses how he found out he had heat with Vince McMahon from Wesley Blake and receiving the phone call from Mark Carrano releasing him.
One of the writers we kept in touch with said, “No, you guys are fine. You guys were brought up in creative as well.” Okay, cool. Then weeks go by. Weeks go by again. I know Vince McMahon wasn’t at TV for a while cause his brother passed, and condolences for that. So, we knew obviously we’re not getting an answer cause the boss isn’t there. Makes sense. Steve Cutler
Cutler would then explain he returned to the Performance Center after Otis reached out to him, and he worked out with Adam Pearce, Drew Gulak, Commander Azeez, and Omos. However, he would get a text message from Mark Carrano asking him to give him a call, which Cutler initially believed was about creative. When Cutler called back, Carrano was boarding a flight but called Cutler back later and delivered the news he was being released.
The belief is McMahon was so upset with Cutler because he’d promised Roman Reigns a safe working environment when he convinced him to return last year. Hence, he considered this a disciplinary issue. Other wrestlers also attended New Year’s Eve parties, but they were seemingly off McMahon’s radar as they didn’t catch anything.
What’s next for Cutler remains to be seen, but we should know soon with his non-compete clause expiring this week. With his girlfriend being prominently featured in Impact Wrestling, there is speculation that he could end up wrestling for them, but as they taped several weeks of television last week, it will likely be some time until he would debut.