Following the release of former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt) on Tuesday, a lot of questions and focus was put on WWE and the decision they made just 24 hours after announcing that Amore had been suspended by the company.
In the days that followed, wrestling media outlets Fightful.com, PWInsider.com and The Wrestling Observer Newsletter all reported that WWE was not happy at all to discover the allegations against Amore the same way the general public did.
One report stated that the decision to release Amore was “already decided” after his initial suspension was announced on Monday shortly before RAW 25. It also reportedly didn’t help matters when Amore admitted to being aware of the Phoenix Police Department investigation to WWE officials when he was confronted about the allegations.
The general consensus is that WWE would never have invested as much time into Amore’s character on television as a singles act and later in his transition to becoming the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion as part of 205 Live had they been made aware that he was the subject of a current and ongoing police investigation dating back to October of last year.
WWE hasn’t exactly tried to hide Amore’s issues backstage within the company in the last year, with Corey Graves specifically addressing it on his new WWE Network show while interviewing Amore. Newly crowned WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz even made mention of the stories making the rounds in a promo on WWE television.
One thing emphasized in many of the reports was that WWE making the decision to release Amore was not them believing he was guilty based on the current allegations against them, but rather being very upset that he didn’t inform the company about the ongoing investigation and that this was the “last straw” so to speak with him.