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Trent Baretta released from WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


With speculation running rampant across Internet wrestling media sites of mass WWE releases, only one was officially made Friday.

Trent Baretta, a sparsely used member of the Smackdown roster, was let go from his contract. While news of releases at one time had come from WWE itself via its website, this time the word was made official by the personality.

"So fired right now," Baretta Tweeted Friday night. "Just wanna say thanks to everyone. WWE, all the good brothers, and fans. Thanks."

Baretta, aka Greg Marasciulo, had been signed by WWE in 2007 and spent two years in FCW (now NXT) before finally being called up to the main roster. He and tag team partner Caylen Croft, collectively known as the Dudebusters, spent time in ECW before the show and group of talent were dissolved. The Dudebusters went to Smackdown in the dispersal draft in February 2010, where they would be mired in losses until finally gaining their first victory in June 2010.

Soon after the victory, however, Croft was released and Baretta moved to the singles division where his only noteworthy run was in a short-lived feud with Curt Hawkins (himself a recently orphaned tag team competitor after Vance Archer was removed from WWE). Other than those matches, Baretta was primarily relegated to matches on WWE Superstars and had more frequently been seen on NXT in recent months.

Baretta first made noise in pro wrestling, competing for the New York Wrestling Connection. It was here that he was trained by Mikey Whipwreck.

Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more roster news from WWE.