Tyler Reks was not a big part of the WWE family, but he was a big part of another family. Reks announced via twitter that he had asked and was granted his release from WWE.

“I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request.

I realized recently that being a Superstar means sacrificing certain things, including time with my family. As a new father, my heart broke every time I had to leave to go on the road. I didn’t ever want to miss another moment with my daughter, so I made the decision to be a full time dad and hang up my boots.

I will miss everyone in the locker room tremendously as they have all become a second family to me. I want to thank my coaches and teachers that really helped me along the way: Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Edge, Christian, Kane, Jericho, Dr. Tom, Norman Smiley, and Billy Kidman.

I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I’ll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she’s older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well.

Thanks to all the dedicated fans of #ReksAndHawkins and to The #RekkingCrew. I would never have survived without you.”

Seth’s Opinion

I have so much respect for Tyler Reks for doing this. I cannot imagine working and traveling the number of days WWE superstars do and not have time for one’s family. Family comes first and Reks has shown this. He did also mention that he owns an Internet marketing company at In terms of how this affects others in WWE, I am hoping to see Curt Hawkins teaming up again with his old pal Zack Ryder. I think they would once again make a great tag team. Although Reks and Hawkins seem to have a lot of fans and were not disliked by WWE management, I wasn’t such a fan of them as a tag team. With Triple H trying to get the tag team division to be relevant again, here is a tag team that used to be that should be again.

What do you think? Do you respect Reks for his decision? How does this affect Hawkins and others in WWE?


Seth Guttenplan is the writer and editor of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog, a brand new WWE blog. Seth also writes for and When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter ( @sethgutt ) and visit