WWE News: Three NXT Talents Released From The Company

WWE NXT talents Bull Dempsey, Marcus Louis, and Sylvester Lefort have all been released from the company, and all three competitors confirmed their departures on early Friday afternoon.

First, Dempsey, who has been in the WWE system since 2013, announced via Twitter that he was gone. The Brooklyn, New York, native thanked the company for the opportunity to work for WWE and seemingly left the door open for a return in the future.

It’s been real @WWENXT. Amazing group of coaches & coworkers & a helluva boss. Thank you for the opportunity @TripleH. See ya down the road!

— Bull Dempsey (@BullDempseyWWE) February 5, 2016

That being said, I’m available for bookings, appearances, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and everything in between! BookBullDempsey@gmail.com

— Bull Dempsey (@BullDempseyWWE) February 5, 2016

The 28-year-old Dempsey signed with WWE in June 2013 but did not become a fixture on NXT television until 2014. One of Dempsey’s first major storylines in NXT was teaming and feuding with Mojo Rawley. After turning on Rawley, Dempsey firmly established himself as a bad guy (heel) which led to a feud with “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin.

However, Dempsey suffered his first defeat at the hands of Corbin last January, putting a blemish on his record. After the feud with Corbin, Dempsey transformed into a good guy (face) and debuted a new gimmick called “BullFit.” The basis of the new character put emphasis on Dempsey’s rotund appearance. He was used sparingly after re-debuting as a face, leading up to this release.

Also, Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort have been released, too. Lefort posted a picture to Twitter, confirming the departure.

Lefort, 31, was signed to a WWE contract in 2012 and was in the company’s developmental system ever since. Trained by former ECW, WCW, and WWE superstar Lance Storm, Lefort performed on the independent circuit in Europe for several years before signing in 2012.

During his nearly four-year stint in WWE developmental, Lefort was featured on NXT television on several occasions but never seemed to find a niche for himself. Portraying a wealthy Frenchman, Lefort debuted as a manager for the tag team of Garrett Dylan and Scott Dawson in 2013. That was short-lived, however, and Lefort went on to manage Alexander Rusev, now known to the WWE Universe as former WWE United States Champion Rusev.

His partnership with Rusev did not last long, either. Lefort went on to form a tag team with fellow Frenchman Marcus Louis, known as “The Legionnaires.” The team feuded with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy but an ACL injury to Lefort cut their partnership short. Lefort returned in mid-2015 and was used sparingly before this release.

Lefort and Louis during their time as a tag team in NXT. [Image via WWE]

Finally, the aforementioned Marcus Louis is also no longer with NXT. A two-sport athlete — having played rugby before signing with WWE — Louis brought his immense athletic ability to the squared circle in 2013. However, much like Lefort, Louis was sparingly featured on NXT television before this release.

All the best wishes to the trio of released superstars as they move on to the next chapter of their careers.

While Dempsey, Lefort, and Louis are now gone from NXT, the brand still has a bright future and is gearing up for arguably its biggest show yet. During Wrestlemania 32 weekend, NXT will host NXT Takeover: Dallas, an event that will feature the debut of former New Japan Pro Wrestling legend Shinsuke Nakamura. The full card for the event as of Friday is available at this link, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.

[Image via WWE]