More Inside Details On Rob Conway’s Release From WWE

Ryan Clark


Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Rob Conway was clearly on borrowed time as he hadn’t been used in months. Back in January, they did an angle where Vince McMahon fired him, and that was the end of him on the Raw brand.

There was talk of him going to SmackDown to reform La Resistance, but his spot ended up going to Rene Dupree (for ECW), and then Dupree was suspended a few days after their debut, and that left Sylvan in limbo because they didn’t hook Conway up with him. Conway had been coaching on his own as of late in OVW just to help out because he wasn’t busy. There were some grumbles of him being fired because he was reliable and a good worker, and considering that Dupree was still in rehab, they were going to put La Résistance together as a heel team again in ECW if/when they introduce the tag team titles.

Stephanie McMahon, who is responsible for firing him because she thought he was a “jobber for life,” was actually really high on him when he debuted the “Doing things the Conway” gimmick two years ago. She thought he was going to be a major superstar. She even asked Shawn Michaels to mentor him because she thought he was going to be the next HBK. But when that gimmick didn’t even get close to getting over (so much so that the term “Conway Pop” was coined, which is a reference to when a wrestler gets little to no reaction), they quickly lost confidence in him as he started losing nearly all of his matches, usually on the B-show Heat no less.

When Johnny Ace called Conway to notify him that he was being let go, to avoid heat on himself because was the one making the phonecall, he told Conway that “creative had nothing for you.” Usually that’s the line used dating back to Jim Ross when they tell someone they’re being let go. The only problem is that Conway had just been sent new ring gear by WWE’s wardrobe division because the creative team had told them that they were going reunite Conway & Sylvan for La Résistance in a few weeks.

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