WWE has seemingly denied the request and Strong remains factored into creative plans in NXT.
Strong resigned with WWE some time last year, and it isn’t known how long he signed for.
Smith’s Sentiment: I’m not a fan of this. I think WWE can release whoever they want, but when a talent asks for their release I think it should be granted. Why work with someone who clearly doesn’t want to work with you anymore? Strong has been with WWE for a number of years, and remains in NXT so it’s clear they don’t really have anything for him. His wife has recently worked matches in AEW. Of course, his former Undisputed Era partners are back together in AEW as Undisputed Elite. Make’s sense why he’d want out of the company.