WWE superstar Oney Lorcan, who was moved to the company’s cruiserweight division this year after three years on the NXT roster, has reportedly asked for his release.
Citing multiple sources familiar with the situation, PWInsider reported on Saturday that Lorcan requested to be released from his WWE contract late last month. The reasons behind the supposed request were not mentioned, but the publication added that the new development came shortly after the 205 Live star changed his name on his social media profiles to Biff Busick — his ring name in the independent circuit. Lorcan did not issue any public comment at that time to explain why he had reverted to his previous moniker.
As further noted by PWInsider, WWE has yet to grant Lorcan’s release request. This puts him in a similar situation as Sin Cara, Mike Kanellis, Luke Harper, and Jordan Myles, who all took to social media this year to confirm that they wanted out of their contracts, but have yet to be granted their release. Per WrestlingNews.co, the reason behind this is because WWE doesn’t want anyone signing with rival promotion All Elite Wrestling, much like Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho, and a few others did earlier in the year.
Likewise, Lorcan’s fellow cruiserweight, Brian Kendrick, tweeted on Friday that he is going on an “indefinite leave of absence” from in-ring competition due to his dissatisfaction with the lack of opportunities he has been getting on 205 Live. However, it isn’t clear at this point whether or not this is part of a storyline.
Given the growing number of wrestlers who have requested WWE to release them or have been rumored to be unhappy with the promotion, WrestlingNews.co added that there might be a chance some of these disgruntled superstars may be allowed to leave the company.
Known in real life as Christopher Girard, the 33-year-old Lorcan signed with WWE in September 2015 and was soon assigned to NXT, where he initially had a rivalry with English wrestler Danny Burch, as noted by Sportskeeda. The pair later became tag teammates and got their share of opportunities to win the black-and-gold brand’s tag team titles. Lorcan was then moved to the 205 Live roster earlier this year, and while he’s had some chances to win the Cruiserweight Championship, he has yet to win a singles or tag team title in his four years with WWE.
As of this writing, Lorcan has yet to confirm or deny the reports of his release request.