Mike Rotunda was among the multiple names that were revealed to be released from WWE last week as part of their latest round of staff cuts.
The longtime producer was released on September 10 along with fellow producer Sarah Stock. They both were put on furlough along with other staff members in April as part of COVID-19 cutbacks by the company.
For Rotunda, the release marked an end to the 14-year journey with the wrestling company. He appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast to talk about his release and also detailed how he found out about it.
The wrestler who formerly performed as Irwin R. Schyster (IRS) revealed that he got furloughed in the middle of April along with other staff. Rotunda relayed that he was expecting to be released as he didn’t think the position would be open back again.
The 62-year-old doesn’t sound too sad about it though. All the travelling and the packed schedule that comes with working for WWE was getting hard for him to keep up with, especially when he had to be there for live shows – both house shows and TV.
Rotunda said that he is happy to be home spending time with his wife and seeing his grandchildren more often.
Rotunda had a long in-ring career as IRS before retiring in 2004. He then joined the company as a producer/agent in 2006 and stayed in that role until getting released. Rotunda is also the father of current WWE Superstars Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.
Along with Rotunda, other staff members were also released by the WWE. You can read all about it here.