“Thank God for my YouTube community”- Former 24/7 Champion Breaks Silence On Retiring After Being Fired From WWE

Former WWE 24/7 Champion Rick Boogs shocked the wrestling community by announcing his retirement at the age of 36. Last year, Boogs competed in the Slim Jim Battle Royal at SummerSlam 2023 in front of around 50,000 fans, but now, his career has ended.

WWE fired him from the company as a part of the budget cuts in the year 2023. Hence, Rick Boogs found himself unemployed. While the other wrestlers who were released along with Boogs have moved on to another promotion, 102 days after that, Boogs decided to call it a day on his career.

Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Boogs made a startling revelation and said that he knew he was going to lose his place on the roster soon because of the gimmick that WWE gave him in his second run. In his first run, he was Shinsuke Nakamura’s hype man on SmackDown, and it was well received by the fans.


After an injury break, Boogs came back and joined Monday night RAW, where he was presented as a singles wrestler. His new gimmick never caught the fans’ attention, and subsequently he was released.

“Well, dude, I mean, if you want to talk about my second run on the main roster. I mean, I kind of saw the writing on the wall, but it wasn’t like, ‘Alright, well let me get ready for it’. This is just, basically, thank God for my YouTube community and stuff because I always knew I had that. I have an awesome community,” Boogs said. 

Will Rick Boogs ever return to WWE?

Considering that Rick Boogs has announced his retirement, it seems highly unlikely that he will join any pro wrestling promotion in the near future. Perhaps, he can try to build an online community on social media platforms and become an influencer.



Or else, Boogs also has the option of becoming a coach and teaching pro wrestling to the next generation. It will be interesting to see what the former 24/7 champion does next.


Vinay Chhabria is a cricket and WWE enthusiast who supports Roman Reigns and Gujarat Titans. He has been following cricket for the last 15 years and WWE since 2016.

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