The Wrestling-Online Newsletter is reporting that RAW Superstar Tyler Reks (Gabriel Tuft) has been released from his WWE contract, per his request. Reks requested his release so that he could spend more time with his family and newborn daughter. The released Superstar commented, via Twitter, on his departure, “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.”
Reks has been with the WWE since 2008, when he was sent to WWE’s developmental territory, FCW. Reks would remain in FCW until he was brought up to the ECW brand in 2009 before joining SmackDown in 2010 and finally landing on RAW in 2011, where he formed a tag team with Curt Hawkins. Reks & Hawkins would mostly be featured on NXT until the show was re-branded and the tag team was involved in a short feud with Ryback, where they come up short multiple times. Reks thanked Hawkins in his goodbye message, “I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad.” Reks also mentioned that, when Reks’ daughter grows up, she will thank Hawkins as well. Tyler Reks’ last television appearance was on last Friday’s SmackDown where he and Curt Hawkins introduced their new look, doing a striptease before their match against two local wrestlers. Following his release, Reks has changed his Twitter handle from @Tyler_Reks to @GabeTuft.
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