Rich Swann is no longer a member of the WWE roster. The company announced today, which also happens to be Swann’s 27th birthday, that they and the cruiserweight have mutually agreed to part ways.
Rich Swann Gone From WWE
WWE released the following statement:
Rich Swann and WWE have mutually agreed to part ways as of today, February 15, 2018.
WWE wishes Swann the best in all of his future endeavors
While this might seem like the normal response the company gives out, they don’t always wish the wrestler well on their future endeavors. For example, here is what WWE stated on their website after releasing Enzo Amore.
WWE has come to terms on the release of Eric Arndt (Enzo Amore).
Rich Swann Charges Dropped
Swann’s release may come as a bit of a surprise to some considering all charges against him were recently dropped. The former Cruiserweight Champion had been charged following an incident involving his wife, wrestler Su Yung (Impact).
Swann and Yung are believed to have been arguing in a vehicle when Yung fled and Swann pursued her. Witness accounts are believed to state Swann had Yung in a headlock at one point. He was charged with false imprisonment but the charges were dropped on January 25th, 2018.
Triple and Stephanie McMahon had previously stated that if he was found’s guilty he would be released immediately, which led many to believe his employment status was entirely based on what happened with the charges. Why he would be released days after the charges were dropped is unclear. Why WWE chose to release him on his birthday is also unclear.
Rich Swann WWE Career
Rich Swann became the 3rd person to win the new WWE Cruiserweight Championship on November 29th, 2016. He defeated the Brian Kendrick to win the title.
His title reign lasted 61 days and included 2 successful defenses. He defended the title successfully against the Brian Kendrick and then against both Kendrick and TJP in a triple threat match at Roadblock: End of the Line 2016. He then lost the title to Neville at the 2017 Royal Rumble.