Sunday night, Gabe Tuft, known widely as former WWE superstar Tyler Reks, took to social media to let out some frustration. After asking his 110,000 Twitter followers if they wanted to hear him dish some dirt about WWE, he then began with a story about his finisher, Burning Hammer, and how it angered a certain top star in WWE.
"Anyone want to know what top guy forced me to stop using the burning hammer - even after it appeared on SD/RAW and PPV's?"
"1st house show loop, Cena asks pulls me aside, degrades me like I'm 10 years & tells me if I use it again I'd me fired."
"He yelled at me & said, "Who gave u permission to use that"? Apparently he hadn't been watching the product 4 the last 8 months."
So, according to Tuft's accounts, Cena had an issue with Tuft's finisher, Burning Hammer, which is similar to Cena's Attitude Adjustment. Both moves are in the Death Valley Driver family, though both moves have been done elsewhere, often.
Tuft's gripe about him performing the move for months before getting grief about it sounds like it could match up. After all, Reks seemed to quickly stop getting pushed and miraculously adopted a gut-wrenching, back-breaker rack into a DDT, named Killjoy, as his new finisher.
When asked by a Twitter user on why he thinks Cena did not want Tuft using Burning Hammer as a finisher, Tuft said that "it looks better than the AA" and that Cena is "insecure."
Later on, Tuft mentions a quick story about "the world's biggest baby", which seemed to be a mention to current World Heavyweight Champion, Big Show. Tuft goes on to tell a story about this man, whom Tuft never directly mentions by name and his choice for putting on ring gear.
"Dude's been on his bus for years, decides to come to the locker room & starts yelling at everyone to take their bags to their cars..."
"All because a new WHC was putting on his boots on the floor. He ALWAYS puts his boots on on the floor."
This one seems a lot more like backstage banter. From his DVD, it is known that Big Show takes his bus to wherever he needs to go. Disagreements between superstars backstage in the locker room area almost never become well-known, so it's almost impossible to prove that this is true.
Then again, Tuft's status with the company and a lack of a need to make stories up helps the stories and their accuracy. If Tuft has no reason to lie, there's no reason to believe that he would on a whim.
Responding to a Twitter user praising Tuft for his honesty, Tuft mentions that he may have some anger toward the company after all.
Tuft has been relatively quiet about the company he used to work for since he asked for his release back in August. Tuft requested the release in order to retire from professional wrestling and spend more time with his family. The release seemed to be amicable, as WWE has Reks listed on their alumni page, a sign typically that WWE isn't angry at a former employee.
Tuft was asked by followers about specific guys, from Jack Swagger to Dolph Ziggler, and praised all of them. He would also state that more stories are to follow.