In the latest surprising news, Tyler Reks has asked for his release from the WWE. He was granted the release, and he will no longer be competing for the company due to his desire to be a full-time dad.
Tyler Reks posted this message on his Facebook account (via WrestlingInc.com):
I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request.
I realized recently that being a Superstar means sacrificing certain things, including time with my family. As a new father, my heart broke every time I had to leave to go on the road. I didn't ever want to miss another moment with my daughter, so I made the decision to be a full time dad and hang up my boots.
I will miss everyone in the locker room tremendously as they have all become a second family to me. I want to thank my coaches and teachers that really helped me along the way: Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Edge, Christian, Kane, Jericho, Dr. Tom, Norman Smiley, and Billy Kidman.
"I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I'll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she's older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well.
"Thanks to all the dedicated fans of #ReksAndHawkins and to The #RekkingCrew. I would never have survived without you.
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Although Tyler Reks had been relegated to Superstars and NXT as of late, primarily teaming with Curt Hawkins, Reks had the potential to be a huge threat in the WWE. After a short and relatively unsuccessful run in ECW in 2009, he returned as a heel on Smackdown in 2010 and immediately made an impression, taking Kaval's spot on the brand's team at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view. His career went downward since them, but the opportunity to be a star was always present.
Major respect goes out to Reks. For anyone to drop a decent-sized paycheck to be there for his/her child deserves nothing but approbation.
Your career had potential that didn't quite pan out, Tyler Reks—but your career with your daughter is far more important. We wish you the best. Your decision was a class act.