May 11, 2005
WWE releases Luther Reigns
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that it has released Smackdown! superstar Luther Reigns.
Reigns, who has been with the Stamford, CT.-based organization for the last couple years, was last seen on WWE TV in a feud with The Big Show that culminated shortly after WrestleMania XXI.
"Luther Reigns has been released from World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE wishes him the best in his future endeavors," WWE stated on its website.
Reigns first became a familiar face in wrestling circles in World Championship Wrestling, working under the name Horshu. Though primarily wrestling on the company's weekend show "WCW Saturday Night", Reigns occasionally showed up on Nitro and Thunder.
Prior to coming into WWE as Kurt Angle's bodyguard, Reigns worked in WWE's developemental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. While he would start his WWE TV career as an enforcer for Angle while he was Smackdown!'s general manager, he would eventually make his way into the ring. Much of his work was teaming with Mark Jindrak as part of Angle's revamped Team Angle.
Reigns is one of several on-air talents that have left WWE in the last few weeks, including Matt Hardy and Molly Holly.
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