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Sandman released from WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Just hours removed from almost being named Vince's son, Sandman has been released from WWE.

In a release on wwe.com, the company stated that it, "has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstar and ECW Original Sandman as of September 11. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors."

The news of Sandman, real name James Fullington, being removed from the Raw roster comes shortly after the release of Shad Gaspard, JTG and Eugene, along with the suspension of several roster members. He had most recently been a very visible wrestler on Raw, having battled Santino Marella on Monday. He was previously involved in a number of mini feuds, including with Carlito, since coming to Raw after the 2007 WWE Draft.

Sandman has wrestled for a number of companies throughout his career. He first rose to prominence in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion. During this time, as he told SLAM! in 2001, Sandman was able to develop a character that he would use throughout his career, with the help of the head of the promotion.

"The cigarette smoking and the beer drinking, Paul E. (Heyman) just said, 'go out there and be yourself,'" Fullington said.

Sandman's time in ECW was highlighted by several main event feuds with the likes of Tommy Dreamer and Raven. He would also enjoy multiple title reigns in ECW before moving to World Championship Wrestling, where he was re-christened Hardcore Hak. His stay in Atlanta, however, was short-lived and he would eventually return to ECW, where he would remain until the promotion folded.

Fullington's career would continue on past his ECW days. Though he was not recruited to become a member of WWE like other alumni, he would maintain a strong level of exposure, first with Xtreme Pro Wrestling and later indie promotions. He would eventually become part of NWA-TNA, before joining WWE following the 2006 edition of One Night Stand. Sandman also worked the 2005 edition of the then ECW reunion show.

Though Sandman did not hold any titles during his WWE run, he was a fixture on both ECW on Sci-Fi, as part of the Originals vs. New Breed angle, and on Raw.

SLAM! Wrestling will have more on this and other WWE roster moves in the near future.