Contract Renewal Dispute Leaves Former Cruiserweight Champion As Free Agent

Drew Gulak is officially a free agent following WWE’s decision to part ways with the former Cruiserweight Champion following a monetary dispute during contract renewal negotiations (as Gulak’s former contract had recently expired).

Though originally reported that Gulak had been released from his WWE contract, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio confirmed that Gulak’s title had expired, rather than him being released. According to reports, Gulak requested more money as his contract was up for renewal, WWE chose not to move forward. Additionally, WWE withdrew their initial offer following Gulak’s request for a raise.

Going forward, Daniel Bryan will be performing his “Yes!” chant alone, as former partner and mentor Gulak is now out of WWE. The two had been a team since February’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event where Bryan took note of Gulak’s talent and requested Gulak “mentor” him. The two became a well-known duo and were in the middle of a current story-line at the time of Gulak’s exit.

Gulak’s last official WWE match aired this past Friday, 5/15 on SmackDown, where he lost to friend, Daniel Bryan in an Intercontinental title tournament match.

Gulak transitioned from 205 Live to SmackDown after losing his Cruiserweight title in October of 2019. Gulak was used as an enhancement talent up until the Daniel Bryan story-line was created.

As Drew Gulak was not released from his contract, but rather it expired naturally, the former Cruiserweight Champion can accept bookings or sign a deal with another company any time of his choosing, as he doesn’t have to abide by a 90-day no-compete clause.

Gulak can now be found in the “alumni” section of the website. Time will tell as to whether Gulak signs with AEW or chooses to take a hiatus. Are we gonna miss him on SmackDown? YES!

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