Former Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak is no longer signed with WWE. Reports began circulating yesterday afternoon that Gulak, who had just appeared on the last episode of WWE SmackDown, had had his profile on the WWE official website, moved to the alumni section.
Now it has been confirmed by PWInsider that Gulak has parted ways with WWE. His contract with WWE ended after the last episode of SmackDown was taped and he declined to re-sign.
Wrestling Observer Radio also reported that Gulak’s contract was up and according to them Gulak had been seeking a raise. Gulak and WWE were not able to come to an accord over the raise, and negotiations between the two parties were called off.
Gulak had been involved in a storyline with Daniel Bryan where he was the latter’s “coach”. On this week’s SmackDown, both were involved in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, wrestling against each other.
Bryan won the match against Gulak but the two shook hands afterward and it didn’t seem like there was any animosity, so it came as a surprise to most of the WWE universe that Gulak had decided to leave the company.
Since Gulak’s contract expired, he is not under the 90-day non-compete clause, which means he is free to wrestle for any other promotion at any time.
Gulak originally came to WWE as a participant in the Cruiserweight Championship back in 2016. He mostly wrestled as a cruiserweight on 205 Live till he was drafted to SmackDown in 2019.
Before coming to WWE, he worked for several independent wrestling promotions, notably Combat Zone Wrestling, Evolve, Chikara, and Pro Wrestling Guerilla.