WWE Release Ricky Ortiz

Kendrick DavisCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)

Even though it was the weekend, WWE still had business to take care of. They released Smack Down superstar Ricky Ortiz on Saturday. This announcement was made on WWE.com.

On July 1st, 2008 Ortiz made his debut on ECW, under the name "Atlas Ortiz" and defeated ex-ECW GM Armando Estrada. The next week, in a segment with former WWE diva Lena Yada, he wanted to be referred to as Ricky Ortiz.

He went 5-0 but soon tasted defeated as a singles competitor. He lost to Jack Swagger on Dec 2, 2008. Swagger himself was undefeated at the time.

Ortiz was drafted to SmackDown via WWE Supplemental Draft on April 15th, 2009. Since his arrival, he hasn't been victorious in his matches. In his debut as a heel, he lost to Jeff Hardy on May 15th. His last match was last Friday against The Great Khali. Khali defeated Ortiz in a quick match.

WWE released a statement saying. "WWE has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Ricky Ortiz as of today, Aug. 8, 2009. We wish Ricky the best in all future endeavors."

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