Jordan released by WWE
In the midst of recent WWE signings to build their new ECW brand, the Fed released Smackdown star Orlando Jordan.
Jordan had been with the fed for a couple years, most notably as a second to John Bradshaw Layfield in his "Cabinet". During this time, Jordan held his only WWE belt, the United States title, for over five months.
Jordan's departure was announced Thursday on wwe.com, in an article stating that, "World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Orlando Jordan. WWE wishes him all the best in his future endeavors."
Jordan had spent his entire WWE career with the Smackdown brand. He debuted during an open challenge made by now-WWE Heavyweight Champion John Cena. Jordan would lose that first bout and would spend the next number of months primarily on Velocity.
It wasn't until JBL formed his Cabinet that Jordan got his first taste of the WWE spotlight. As US Champion, Jordan was a regular part of Smackdown broadcasts and would remain a larger part of the show through 2005, when he entered into a feud with Canadian superstar Chris Benoit. Beginning with his defeat at Summerslam 2005, Jordan began a losing streak to the "Canadian Crippler", with most bouts lasting under a minute in duration.
After exiting this feud, Jordan was once again relegated to Velocity and would soon dissappear completely from WWE broadcasts. Near the time of his on-screen departure, rumours began to spread that he was being given a new character that would be linked, in part, with new WWE signee Trinity, as well as one of his friends from outside the wrestling industry.
-- with files from Jon Waldman