On Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, WWE released two of its employees involved in developmental NXT. First, it was revealed by the man himself, Nick Dinsmore, that he had been released by WWE. The former WWE Superstar under the ring-name Eugene had been working as a trainer in NXT since September of 2013. Additionally, WWE reportedly released Matt Martlaro, a former on-screen personality in Florida Championship Wrestling and now behind-the-scenes worker in NXT.
PWInsider has now posted a report on the first backstage impressions of the two releases. In regards to Dinsmore, there was an overall sense of sadness. He was liked and respected by the wrestlers, in addition to the developmental talent he trained. Some people within WWE believed that his release had to do with politics, as these people believed he had gotten on someone’s bad side backstage.
On the other hand, Martlaro’s release was seen as a surprise. He was viewed as a “Triple H guy” among the wrestlers, and seen as a hard worker in general. However, unlike Dinsmore, WWE sources who spoke to PWInsider did not feel sorrow for Martlaro’s release. He was seen as “abrasive” in his dealings with the talent. He was not too popular among the wrestlers for how he treated them, but still viewed as someone who was on point with his tasks and duties.