What Happened To Eddie Dennis? (WWE Release & Retirement)

Hamish Woodward

Former WWE Superstar Eddie Dennis was released by the WWE last year, after a number of years wrestling for the promotion.

He was a key focus of the NXT UK brand, working as both a wrestler and a manager. He had big wins over the likes of Ligero and Trent Severn, although never managed to win title gold in the promotion.

Dennis is also the co-founder of “Defend Indy Wrestling”, an independent wrestling-themed clothing brand. He formed the brand alongside Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne, and has become very successful in the UK.

The Welsh wrestler has not been mentioned by the WWE since his release, so you may be wondering what happened to Eddie Dennis? Keep reading to find out where he went after leaving WWE, his retirement from wrestling and much more!

What Happened To Eddie Dennis?

Eddie Dennis was released by the WWE in August 2022, along with a host of other UK-based talent.

The vast majority of the NXT UK roster, including fellow Welshman Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster, were let go from the company just weeks before the Cardiff-based pay per view, Clash at the Castle.

This was the first time a wrestling show had taken place at the Millennium Stadium, and the first ever main roster pay per view in Wales. Sadly, due to these releases, it featured no Welsh wrestlers.

Eddie Dennis was released as part of the wider releases, due to the shutting down of NXT UK. WWE announced that the company was being dissolved, and replaced by an NXT Europe, that will open up at the later date.

It has been reported that the change is due to visa issues for European talent, due to the recent Brexit situation, although that has not been confirmed by the WWE.

After being released by the WWE, Eddie Dennis returned to the British independent scene. He returned to Progress Wrestling soon after, reforming his FSU tag team with fellow former-NXT UK star, Mark Andrews.

Eddie Dennis also happened to wrestle Will Ospreay at a Rev Pro show in 2023. This was one of the biggest matches of his career, given the star power Ospreay has. This was just four days after Will Ospreay vs Kenny Omege wowed fans at Wrestle Kingdom 17.

However, after a long career in wrestling, Eddie Dennis announced his retirement, age just 37.

Why Did Eddie Dennis Retire?

Eddie Dennis retired from in-ring competition at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Revolution Rumble event in London on Sunday. At only 37 years old, he is very young to be retiring from the ring, although the former maths teacher has been wrestling since 2008.

Dennis said going into the show that he would retire if he didn’t win the Revolution Rumble match. The match was eventually won by Michael Oku, with Connor Mills throwing Eddie Dennis out of the match and into retirement.

While he did not explain his reasons for stepping away from the ring, he did reassure fans about his decision to retire from wrestling.

Tweeting to one dispondent fan, the former WWE superstar told them ‘That is me done. Don’t be sad. Be happy the last 15 years happened. I am!’

PROGRESS tweeted about Dennis’ retirement: “We didn’t want to believe the news, we didn’t think it could be true.  The reality has set in and now we know this is the end. #ThankYouEddie  We will forever party hard with your amazing memories from what you created with us at PROGRESS.”

After his last match, Eddie Dennis left his wrestling boots in the ring. This is a symbolic gesture, done by many wrestlers to signify their career is over. Triple H did the same thing, last year at WrestleMania, after announcing his retirement.

One fan posted a photo of Eddie Dennis’ boots after retirement, to which the Welshman replied, stating “this is beautiful”.

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