Chris Masters Released by WWE
According to WWE.com's official statement:
"WWE has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Chris Masters. We wish Chris the best in all his future endeavors."
According to f4wonline.com, here's the reasons WWE let Masters go:
"Regarding his suspension last week, a person in the known within WWE is absolutely certain that it wasn't his second strike; more like his fourth. He has definitely been suspended on two occasions. He was also sent to rehab in the summer of 2006 due to a problem with painkillers. The belief at the time was that he had been suspended, but that wasn't the case because he only had to serve a 30-day suspension when the Signature Pharmacy news hit as that was his first recorded offence. Also, Masters will have to come up with a new ring name now that he's no longer employed by WWE; the 'Chris Masters' name is not his real name as it is trademarked by WWE."
Masters was serving a 60 day suspension for his 2nd violation of the WWE Wellness Drug Policies.