WWE releases Chris Masters
Smackdown loses another wrestler
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
The Smackdown roster became a bit thinner on Thursday with the announcement of Chris Masters' release from WWE.
In a release on WWE.com, the Stamford, CT-based organization announced that, "WWE has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Chris Masters. We wish Chris the best in all his future endeavors."
Masters' release comes less than a week after he was given an announced 60-day suspension due to a violation of WWE's Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy.
Masters, real name Chris Mordetsky, first signed with WWE in 2003 and was initially assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he began his development in a tag team with Brent Albright. By 2004, Masters was appearing in dark matches, and in January 2005, WWE began running promotional vignettes on Masters. His debut soon followed in a victory over Steven Richards, during which Master broke the ECW veteran's nose and cheekbone.
Masters soon began to become a regular on Raw broadcasts, challenging both WWE superstars and fans alike to attempt to break his Masterlock (Full Nelson) finisher. Through this period, Masters would take on virtually all comers, including Shawn Michaels and John Cena. It wasn't broken officially until earlier this year by Bobby Lashley.
Soon after Lashley broke the hold, Masters moved to Smackdown via the WWE Draft. His time on Smackdown was brief, due in-part to a 30-day suspension he incurred as part of the Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. He had most recently been in a program with Chuck Palumbo.