Joey Styles has reportedly been released from his role as vice president of digital media content with WWE, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin.
The former voice of ECW, it is currently unclear when the rumored release took place. He was last seen participating in a fan Q&A on Facebook offering his distaste on the name of the WWE Universal Championship, his disapproval of WWE’s three-man commentary booth, as well as Vince McMahon’s desire to book Roman Reigns as a babyface.
“Bottom line is, if our chairman thinks he sees a future star as a babyface, that’s how things are gonna play out. But the answer is Vince thinks it can work,” Styles said via Uproxx. “He’s been right much, much, much, much, much more than wrong over the course of the last 40 years. I’m sorry, but I’m not gonna second-guess the chairman.”
It is also unclear whether the video had anything to do with his release, though the clip has since been removed from WWE’s YouTube and Facebook accounts.
The 45-year-old wrestling personality was best known for his work with ECW, providing both play-by-play and color commentary for a majority of his run from 1993-2001.
Styles later joined WWE in 2005, signing a five-year deal to do play-by-play for Monday Night Raw. After a three-year run behind the microphone, Styles left his post to join WWE’s digital media team in 2008 – eventually promoted to vice president of the platform.
He has yet to comment on the reports.