On his Instagram account, long-time WWE ring announcer Greg Hamilton has verified the speculation that he is no longer employed by the WWE.
“After 6 years and 52 weeks a year, it’s time to say “goodbye”. First and foremost, don’t let the internet or social media gas you up; this was a mutual respect departure from a great company. Nothing but respect from both sides. It’s business. We all know our worth,” he began.
“Also understand that what you see on social media is exactly that. It’s not real life. Especially for your favorite Superstars. They are human beings with real lives, and INCREDIBLE human beings. The hate, the bullying….that is read and internalized by real human beings….not characters. That needs to be said for my friends. And as I get older, my mother is in her 70’s; my sister Jessi who has cerebral palsy…those are my priorities. Not chasing fame, not being on television. 52 weeks a year became too much. Without our mental health, we have nothing,” he continued.
“But man…..what a ride….there are truly no fans like the #WWEuniverse. Wow. 6 continents over 6 years; embracing your love and passion has truly changed me as a person. I am forever grateful,” he concluded.
While it is not clear whether it played a role in him leaving the company, Hamilton (Hutson) had an online public blow-up with rapper Westside Gunn last week. Hamilton accused Gunn of using his voice in a song without his permission and threatened the musician with legal action.
Hamilton wrote to Gunn on Instagram: “Well @westsidegunn @buffalokidsgallery let’s hope that since you STOLE my voice for your incoherent kindergarten fables,” he wrote. “that you saved up enough delivering for Door Dash….because….You….are….f—-d. You’ll be paying me for years….apologize and I’ll think about not collecting every dime for the rest of your life….or I can just get WWE lawyers….that’s ok too. Settle with my lawyer. And don’t EVER use my voice again….so wrong.”
Hamilton also wrote: “Tick… tock… the longer this goes, the longer I have in court… you ready to settle or do u wanna dance with WWE lawyers? It’s a slam dunk. Price goes up by the day.”
Hamilton is no longer referencing WWE in this Twitter bio and made his account private.
Hamilton began his WWE career as an announcer for the NXT brand in 2015 and made his way up to the main roster becoming their foremost announcer. Before the WWE, he worked as a host for CBS, FOX and NBC.