NXT star Bull Dempsey was released from his WWE contract, according to the performer’s Twitter feed on Friday.

Dempsey’s Rise Through the NXT Midcard

Originally debuting in 2013, Dempsey originally appeared on NXT cards as a jobber, losing to Aiden English in his debut. Dempsey then returned as a bruiser and enjoyed moderate success in NXT through late 2014 and early 2015, using a top rope Headbutt and a version of Al Snow’s Snowplow maneuver to earn several victories over NXT enhancement talent and fellow mid-carders the likes of CJ Parker and Mojo Rawley.

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Known for his hard-hitting and straight-ahead style, Dempsey quickly gained a following in the promotion, as fans often cheered “Bull” during his matches.

Unable to Continue Rise

After going undefeated for a few months, billed as “The Last of a Dying Breed,” however, Dempsey was unable to beat the also undefeated Baron Corbin. After a few more matches, Dempsey lost a match to NXT mainstay Tyler Breeze, where Dempsey’s weight was then the subject of an angle.

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For the next few months, the promotion ran vignettes on Dempsey’s “attempted” weight loss. While Dempsey was at his comedic best here, he was never able to maintain any winning ways.

Billed from Brooklyn, NY, Dempsey was trained by former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Taz. Thanking the WWE for the opportunity, Dempsey told the company he’d “see them down the line” and told his fans on Twitter he was now available for bookings on the independent Wrestling circuit.

Over the course of his professional wrestling career, Dempsey has won the American Championship Entertainment Tag Team titles (with Vince Steele) and the New York Wrestling Connection Tag Team titles (Bill Carr). He was also ranked #187 in the 2014 PWI 500.

More Cuts?

The WWE may not be done with the roster cuts either. Several online reports have claimed Sylvester Lefort, Marcus Louis, Peter Howard and Magno were also let go by the company.

What do you think of Dempsey’s release? Were you a fan of the “Bull-Fit” movement? Sign off in the comment section below and let us know.

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