December 23, 2010
WWE releases Smackdown superstar
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
WWE caught the wrestling world by surprise on Thursday with the announcement that Kaval had been released.
The announcement, dually announced on WWE.com and through WWE's Twitter account, came mid-afternoon and quickly brought reaction from across fans, who made "Kaval" one of the top trending topics on the micro-blogging website.
Kaval himself soon began posting on Twitter. Returning to his pre-WWE moniker of Low-Ki, the former NXT champion stated, “Irregardless of the current situation, I only move forward, I will keep you posted.“
Kaval, real name Brandon Silvestry, had been with WWE for only a short amount of time (he signed with the Fed in 2008), but was already well known to wrestling fans when he debuted, first in the Florida developmental territory and later on the main stage during the second season of NXT. He had gained a considerable following on the indie scene, particularly from his time in Ring of Honor, and had even wrestled in WWE for a couple one-off squash matches early in the 00`s.
Silvestry`s ascension to wrestling stardom culminated with an ROH championship run and holding the TNA Tag Team and X-Division titles. During his time in TNA, which spanned two tenures, Silvestry was initially known by his Low-Ki ring name, but also went by the moniker Senshi.
Silvestry`s time in WWE began in its developmental territory and progressed to the main roster alongside other prospects as part of the NXT competition. He went on to win the show`s second season and moved to Smackdown shortly thereafter. Though he became a fan favourite quickly, he was sparsely used on WWE TV. His lone WWE title opportunity came in November at the Survivor Series against Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental championship.
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