My reaction: I wasn't necessarily expecting this to happen around this time period, but I figured Crowe didn't have the rest of 2016 to him. I assumed he would get released at some point after they started booking him as someone who lost to Apollo Crews and company. In comparison, someone like Crews came in and won impressively, being shot up to the top of the card, while Crowe lingered around and started losing. I can only speculate that he got tired of this and WWE officials figured he didn't have that "it factor" and both sides parted ways mutually, but I wouldn't be surprised if WWE would have wanted to keep him around as the replacement jobber for CJ Parker. Either way, I think we'll be seeing Sami Callihan have more success on the indies and he'll probably be happier there overall.
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