I am not surprised, first and foremost. He was floundering and had nothing going for him but I thought someone like Adam Rose would get released before Damien. Let's just get this out of the way, the E didn't know where to take that Genius gimmick they gave him, and he was one of those gifted with the gab and can work a good match. And yet, here we are. Is he to blame? Is it his fault that he didn't connect with the larger crowd? But what is more intriguing is that his release may not be a release from WWE, but a release from his character. The best way to repackage a talented superstar is to cut him, let his do his shit elsewhere, make a name and then bring that new persona to the WWE. And then what we have is a reinvigorated character, an already fan favorites homecoming and snarky old gimmick chants that tickles everybody but Vince.