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WWE CREATIVE TEAM DEPARTURE (UPDATED)

By Mike Johnson on 2019-04-11 05:14:00

WWE Creative team member Robert Evans was let go by World Wrestling Entertainment over Wrestlemania week, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources.

Several sources have told PWInsider.com that Evans was let go at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony after a speech he had produced featured a mention of Vince McMahon.  McMahon has strongly stressed for years that he does not want to be mentioned or praised during the Hall of Fame ceremony, to the point it has become something of a running joke.  When McMahon's name was mentioned, sources stated that Evans took the blame as writer and producer of that segment.  One source stated the firing took place at the gorilla position as the Hall was ongoing.  

According to Stu Carapola’s WWE Hall of Fame coverage, Bret Hart’s induction speech included the story of the first time Vince McMahon reacted to the Hart Foundation and praised their work.  There is no confirmation as to whether Evans worked on that specific speech yet.  

The DX induction that closed the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony later featured the entire DX contingent mentioning McMahon’s name over and over in a silly way, which may have actually been sparked by McMahon’s reaction to his name being dropped earlier in the evening.  After all the name dropping, Bully Gunn quipped that McMahon couldn’t “fire” him.

Evans, 35, wrestled for Ring of Honor, CHIKARA and other promotions under the ring names RD Evans and Archibald Peck after breaking into the business under the late Skandar Akbar.  He signed on with WWE Creative in the fall of 2016.    We are told Evans was liked by those who worked with him in the company.

Update 10:00 AM EST - Evans took to Twitter, stating that he "quit WWE."

FOLLOWUP STORY:

UPDATE ON CREATIVE DEPARTURE 
by Mike Johnson
4/11/2019 11:07 AM 

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