Is Rhyno Actually Retired Or Fired from WWE?

July 14, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Social media exploded after Monday Night RAW went off the air from Houston’s Toyota Center in support and fan tributes to the career of Rhyno, who was supposedly fired by “General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin after losing a match to his former tag partner Heath Slater. Shortly afterward, Corbin then told Slater his reward for winning the match and keeping his employment was that he’d be switching jobs from a wrestler to a referee. Rhyno then announced his retirement on a live segment that didn’t air on RAW.
It doesn’t appear as though Rhyno is actually fired or retired, however. His status was addressed recently on Wrestling Observer Live (H/T transcription SEScoops).

“All I can tell you is Rhyno is still booked for house shows,” Bryan Alvarez said on the show. “If he’s being fired or if he’s retiring, it’s not happening anytime soon, so that’s that.”

Heath Slater and Rhyno were paired together not long after the brand-extension in 2016. After Rhyno defeated Slater to win a spot on the Smackdown roster, the two were forced to team together in a tag-team tournament. Against all odds, the team was able to win the tournament and became the new Smackdown tag-team Champions.

The title win was just the 2nd non-hardcore championship win of Rhyno’s WWE tenure. He is a 3x Hardcore Champion and a former WCW US Champion (during the Alliance vs WWE angle) as well. Here’s a post-RAW video WWE posted after the match and a running Twitter thread between Corbin and Slater that’s popped up since: 

A lot of people are blaming me for @Rhyno313 being out of a job. If you want to blame someone blame @HeathSlaterOMRB he is the one who beat him. He could have just quit. That’s what a real friend would have done. #RAW
— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) December 4, 2018

It’s all your fault. I know it, The @WWEUniverse knows it, and you know it. I didn’t want this to happen. But when you put my back up against the wall. I will fight back no matter what. #igotkids @WWE I’m so sorry @Rhyno313
— Heath Slater (@HeathSlaterOMRB) December 5, 2018

— Heath Slater (@HeathSlaterOMRB) December 4, 2018

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