It looks like multiple WWE wrestlers are in danger of losing their jobs after one of them posted a Tweet in support of President Donald Trump which received major backlash in the WWE locker room.
The Forgotten Sons, a WWE trio featuring Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler, and Wesley Blake are reportedly not expected to be on the next two episodes of Smackdown after being pulled from the show the last two weeks.
Two weeks ago, Jaxson Ryker took to Twitter to show his support for President Donald Trump following Trump’s statements in response to the nationwide Black Lives Matter riots. Ryker (real name Chad Lail) is an Iraq War veteran with the United States Marine Corps and a former Lance Corporal. The trouble started when Ryker posted the following message:
“Thankful for the @POTUS we have! God bless America. Built of freedom. Forgotten No More.”
Thankful for the @POTUS we have! God bless America. Built of freedom. Forgotten No More
— CwLail_Gunner (@CWLail_Gunner) June 1, 2020
This lead to massive backlash from other pro wrestlers in the WWE who publicly slammed Ryker for his support of Trump. Wrestlers such as Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Ricochet, Mustafa Ali, and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista condemned Ryker in various tweets.
The freedom you speak of entitles you to speak your mind all you want. I’m not here to argue that. I just really need to tell you that I think you pushing your shitty wrestling catchphrase as all of this is happening is absolutely fucking pathetic.
Good night. https://t.co/d34xdOXZr6
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) June 2, 2020
Literally built on oppression. https://t.co/yi26CWPgz6
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) June 2, 2020
I’m thankful you posted this because I’m now aware of what you stand for. When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt. https://t.co/O4xm5L3Rpl
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 2, 2020
I get you’re a “bad guy” on tv. And I’m HOPING that’s all this is. Even then, that ain’t it. But if this is actually your true thoughts – I’ll be really sad, man. 😔 https://t.co/9unml5rsiY
— Ricochet (@KingRicochet) June 2, 2020
Not you.I was talking about my peer who had the nerve to post that ignorant ass tweet. Supporting a #fakepresident who is inciting violence and posing with Bibles like he’s a decent human being. Speaking the words of a dictator while people are being gassed in the streets. https://t.co/0yYFoS7FN1
— Vaxxed AF! #TeamPfizer Poor Kid Chasing Dreams. (@DaveBautista) June 2, 2020
After the tweet, the group was pulled from television and there is concern whether they will be let go from the company. Cutler and Blake have tried to distance themselves from Ryker’s views, and are said to have had a meeting with Mark Carrano and other wrestlers about the issue, but they are catching some of the backlash from Ryker’s tweet despite not having any heat on them.
Ryker hasn’t wrestled since being called up from NXT earlier this year and the vignettes for the group have stopped. The original plan of putting the Forgotten Sons in a program with the New Day appears to be off with Big E and Kofi Kingston choose not to work with them over Ryker’s comments.