Steve Cutler was released from WWE last week after it was revealed that Vince McMahon was furious that the former NXT star had tested positive for COVID-19 back in January.
The former Forgotten Sons star was reportedly at a party when he contracted the virus and it led to him and Wesley Blake being taken back off WWE TV.
At the time, the two stars had only recently unveiled themselves as The Knights of the Lone Wolf and were reportedly set for a feud with The Mysterio Family.
According to Dave Meltzer on the most recent episode of The Wrestling Observer, there was a plan to have a feud between all six men, but Cutler’s COVID issues and subsequent release meant that Murphy and Blake were taken off WWE TV and their storyline was axed.
“[Cutler is] out, he’s now a free agent. [Murphy] isn’t being used because there is no spot for him. They booked him into this thing with Aalyah and now they haven’t been able to get out of it. It was gonna be Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, and Murphy against Corbin, Wesley Blake, and Steve Cutler.”
“Well, you take Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler out then there’s no place for Murphy unless you wanna make these Dominik Mysterio matches 3 on 1 instead of 2 on 1. So, they decided to go with the 2 on 1 so, Buddy Murphy don’t got a spot.”