Last week WWE made several cuts to their active roster, but only in NXT 2.0. Among those released were Dakota Kai, Dexter Lumis, Harland, Persia Perotta, and Malcolm Bivens. There was a lot of speculation going around as to why some of these names were released. So far, Bivens has become the only talent to have responded to rumors surrounding his release.
While performing at a comedy show, he finally broke his silence, and both confirmed and denied some of the rumors. It was a moment in his show where he got serious, not making light of what happened. Among the things he confessed to was turning down a spot on the main roster. One of the rumors he denied was being pitched the role of Omos’s manager.
Bivens said, “So here’s the truth. There are a lot of rumors and a lot of speculation. Was I offered a contract in February? Yes. Did I say no to said contract? Yes. Was I offered to be with Omos? No. No one said a word to me about managing Omos. Was I told about the main roster? Yes. People think I’m crazy. ‘Malcolm, you threw away millions potentially. You walked away!’ Yeah, I did, because I didn’t want to do it anymore.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy. At Stand & Deliver, I had a conversation with the head writer, and I told him so. And then two weeks ago I said the same thing. ‘I don’t think this was for me.’ And that’s okay because your happiness isn’t dictated by what people say you should do. Happiness is dictated by what you think you should do. There’s a difference, right?”
Malcolm then brought up his former Diamond Mine stablemates. Julius Creed, in particular, had told Bivens that many behind the scenes in NXT were shocked by his release. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the now-former manager of the faction acted as the voice for the group. As of this past weeks episode of 2.0, the group looks to be on its way to a collapse with tension brewing between Rodrick Strong and The Creeds.
Bivens ended his show with a shout-out to his former stablemates as well as some words regarding his future in wrestling. “Shout out to Brutus. Shout out to Julius, Ivy. I’m going to miss them. I love them like they’re my kids. But sometimes in life, you have to move on. People ask me, or they have been asking me ‘Malcolm, is this it for you? Is this it for you as far as pro wrestling goes?’ For now, I have to say yes. I have to say yes. But would I come back? Maybe. Maybe, for the right price.” (H/T WrestlingInc.com)
Malcolm Bivens was a unique voice and a one-of-a-kind manager while in NXT. He wasn’t utilized as much as he could have been before his pairing with Diamond Mine, but it may not have changed anything given what he said.