Joey Styles quits the WWE
[May 1st, 2006]
In 2005, the WWE held the first ever ECW One Night Stand pay per view event, in which the company showcased superstars from the former Extreme Championship Wrestling roster. Some of which were employed by WWE, and some were only brought in for the event. Joey Styles is one who was only brought in for one night, as he was the sole commentator on many of ECW’s events. However, come Taboo Tuesday some 4 months later, Styles would return to the broadcast booth, where he subbed for Jonathan Coachman as “The Coach” had a match that night. The following month, Styles signed a contract with the WWE to begin working for the company as a commentator.
After being left off of WrestleMania 22 (save for one match featuring Edge and Mick Foley in a hardcore bout), frustration began to build for Styles, even more so when he was left off of the Backlash commentator’s panel. The following night on Raw, The Spirit Squad made Styles the target of their amusement, which was soon followed by Styles’ commentary partner Jerry Lawler poking fun at Styles for not having any spirit. What followed was Styles slapping Lawler across the face, getting shoved to the ground, and quitting his job with the WWE. In less than two months’ time, Styles would return to the WWE, only working for the ECW brand under his former boss, Paul Heyman.