Justin Roberts, who was released from WWE following this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, posted what he termed his "final announcement" on his Instagram account on Wednesday. You can read it below:
It might sound cliche, but I am truly overwhelmed & humbled by the messages I've received. As a kid who grew up loving & living for professional wrestling, I was able to chase, catch & live an impossible dream. I was a part of events I couldn't fathom with the heroes I idolized from both WWF & various childhood favorite television shows (Hello Betty White). For a guy in a supporting ambience role--usually unnamed & unseen--I am blown away by the amount of people who apparently not only noticed, but also enjoyed my work. Announcing was my dream, until I realized the absolute best part was using my position to help others. It brought me so much joy to bring a smile to a fellow fan's face. The Superstars I've announced & traveled with over the past 12 years are not only extremely talented to work year round and on the fly, but they are also the most unselfish people I've ever met. I couldn't help others without their support. Not one Superstar or Diva ever once hesitated when I asked them to meet a fan..or autograph..or call..or do whatever was needed. After reading through all of your messages, I just want to say this: Please do not be angry & Please do not be sad. I lived my dream! I'm glad that maybe now someone else will have a spot to live theirs. Many thanks to everyone I have worked with in WWE. Sue, the company gem & my guardian angel. The producers who have taught me so much and constantly let me pick their brains. The referees (They make it look easy. NOT an easy job). Security. Props. Audio. Lighting. PR. Cameras. Travel. TR. Catering. Production. PA's. My eyes and ears at the bell-Mark Yeaton. Everyone I have met along the way. Everyone who has come into my life because of this job & to those who I have never had the opportunity to meet, but have enjoyed my work. I appreciate & am grateful for everyone's support. To Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn & The Authority who gave me this incredible opportunity, I've got two words for ya: Thank You. The journey has been incredible & almost unbelievable. This is the opportunity I've been waiting for to pen the final chapter of my memoirs.
Accompanied with the announcement was a black and white photo with Vince McMahon with music playing in the background. You can view it below:
Richard Reacts: Well, that was sad but it's cool to see Justin handle his release with such class. This is a difficult part of my job because it's terrible news to have to relay to the public. We still don't know what happened. WWE shocked everyone when they reported on dot com Monday after Raw they had chosen not to exercise the renewal option on Roberts' contract. I have some people looking into the story but this was an uncharacteristic release. Everyone I spoke with was "shocked" when they heard Roberts had been released and it hardly following the company's normal protocol. WWE usually saves such announcements for the late Friday afternoon news dump, unless an incident occurred where the release was unavoidable. I personally want to wish Justin the best and commend him for handling his release with class and dignity.