In a release that many people in and out of the WWE feel was a long time coming, PWInsider.com is reporting that the WWE has come to terms on the release of Trent Barreta (Greg Marasciulo) as of Friday, January 11. Barreta initially signed with the WWE in 2007 and was sent to WWE’s then developmental territory, FCW, where he was put together with Caylen Croft to form the tag team, The Dudebusters. The Dudebusters would gain tag team success in developmental, but when the team was called up to the main roster in late 2009, it was a different story. Croft & Barreta debuted as a team on the now defunct ECW brand on December 1, 2009. After a little over two months in ECW, the ECW brand was discontinued in favor of NXT and The Dudebusters were moved to the SmackDown roster. The Dudebusters would feud with the likes of Cryme Tyme and The Hart Dynasty throughout 2010, but would not actually win a match until late August when they defeated Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer.
On November 19, 2010, Caylen Croft was released from his contract, which definitely ended the team of The Dudebusters. Many within the company expected Trent Barreta’s release to quickly follow, but Barreta stayed under contract with the WWE for more than two years. After Croft’s release, Barreta would make a few appearances on SmackDown, but always in a jobber capacity with the exception of one win in a 6-Man Tag Match. Barreta would eventually move to NXT in August 0f 2011 where he actually won a match over Tyson Kidd. Barreta would form a short-lived alliance with Yoshi Tatsu as the two took on Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks throughout December 2011 and January 2012. In January of last year, Barreta would tear his biceps and, after a six-month hiatus, Barreta started making appearances on Zack Ryder’s YouTube show, the Z! True Long Island Story. In September, Barreta would re-emerge in NXT, which had since replaced FCW as WWE’s developmental territory. Much like his time as a developmental talent, Barreta would succeed on NXT with a long-running winning streak over several NXT talents. After losing a couple of matches in November, Barreta was no longer used until his release.
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