PWInsider.com is reporting:
That the WWE released 2nd generation star Richie Steamboat some time ago. He’d been out of action for a long time due to a back injury & the company decided to release him, Apparently no one was aware of it until recently. But it wasn’t something that just happened. So it wasn’t a case of WWE releasing him just before the holidays.
He was trained by George South, & had been under contract to the WWE since 2009. He held the FCW Grand Slam Champion having won the FCW Florida Heavyweight title, the Floriday Tag Team Championship, & the FCW Jack Brisco 15 Championship!