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Boogeyman released by WWE
By SLAM! Wrestling


One of the more colourful characters in recent memory has been released from WWE.

In a statement on WWE.com, the company announced that as of September 20, The Boogeyman was no longer part of the company. The official notification said, "WWE has come to terms on the release of Boogeyman (Marty Wright) as of today 9/20/06. We wish Marty the best in all future endeavors."

Wright first caught the eyes of WWE's higher ups during the Tough Enough 4 tryouts in 2004. The former professional bodybuilder made the first round of cuts during the two-day tryout period, but left after admitting his real age of 40 (the cut-off had been 35 for the competition). Later, Wright would sign with WWE and be assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he underwent development and evolved into the Boogeyman persona.

In July 2005, vignettes for The Boogeyman began to appear on WWE programming and in October he was introduced to the Smackdown roster by then co-general manager Palmer Cannon. Cannon explained that Wright had been an actor for a TV show that never made it to "the network". The Boogeyman would soon begin to make regular appearances and would wrestle his first match against Simon Dean in December 2005.

Over the next few months, The Boogeyman would show up on Smackdown, and occasionally Raw. He would feud with JBL, which culminated in a victory at the Royal Rumble and Booker T, which included a WrestleMania win, before tearing his bicep. A few months later, promos for The Boogeyman started again, however he never returned to the show.

Wright's departure leaves Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Nick Mitchell as the only TE4 alumni on the main WWE roster. Previously, winner Daniel Puder had be realeased from the company.

-- with files from Jon Waldman

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