WWE has released one half of The Ealy Brothers from NXT.
According to a report today by Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE sources say Uriel Ealy was let go from the company last week.
The health of Uriel’s identical twin brother, Gabriel, factored into the company’s decision to release him. Gabriel revealed in this post on Instagram last week that he’s dealing with a concussion.
Gabriel also recently talked about having “24-hour migraines” on his Instagram Story. In this post on April 28, he wrote, “Nice to be in nature and take in the air with my love @aly_bae_123 , maybe this will heal this brain of mine.”
For legal reasons, WWE never cuts wrestlers battling concussions, and with their gimmick being an identical twin tag team, this explains why one brother was cut.
The easiest way to tell Uriel apart from Gabriel is by their tattoos. Uriel has a tattoo on his left arm, whereas Gabriel has a tattoo on his right arm.
After appearing as extras on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown in September 2014, the Milwaukee-born siblings were signed to developmental contracts after a tryout at the WWE Performance Center the following year. They reported to the WWE Performance in September 2015 and made their wrestling debut on March 3, 2016, at an NXT live event in Citrus, Springs, Florida. Alongside Angelo Dawkins, they lost to Rich Swann, Kenneth Crawford (Montez Ford), and Patrick Clark (Velveteen Dream) in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
The Ealy Brothers did not have much success in NXT as their appearances at live events were infrequent and usually resulted in losses. They also rarely appeared on television, with their last match taking place on January 31 in a loss to TM-61. They last worked a match together on March 29 in a loss to Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi. Gabriel may have suffered a concussion from the match since it was the last time he was in action and Uriel worked his first (and last) singles match two days later, losing to Riddick Moss.
The Ealy Brothers almost never cut promos, although they did challenge The Authors of Pain to a match in March 2017.
The Authors of Pain squashed The Ealy Brothers the following week.
WWE also released NXT wrestler Zeda last week.