Here is the statement straight from WWE.com: WWE Superstar Carlito (Carlos Colon) has been released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract as of today May 21, 2010. Carlito’s termination was due to his first violation of the WWE Wellness Program and his subsequent refusal to attend a rehabilitation facility.
First off, the WWE never really gives this much information on their website when they release a star. It’s usually more like ‘WWE has cut ties with so-and-so and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.’
I’m thinking the WWE is really upset with Carlito or this is their new way of doing business. Or maybe I just haven't looked at the WWE's website in recent months following news like this.
A few people have made statements regarding Carlito’s release.
Jim Ross on his blog: "I was disappointed to hear of Carlito being released from WWE for apparent wellness issues. I don't know all the details of this situation by any means but it seems apparent WWE felt that Carlito needed some help and Carlito didn't agree. It's back to the old adage that if one can't solve a problem one has no choice but to eliminate it. I'm one that certainly believes that Carlito has the ability to be a main event level performer but no one's professional life should ever be prioritized over their personal life and I sincerely hope that Carlito adjusts to these recent challenges and takes the necessary steps to put these negative issues behind him."
John Cena on Twitter: "I am sad to hear the wwe has decided to release carlito. I always thought he could, and should have accomplished more than he did. I wish him the best."
Various online sources are saying that Carlito showed up for Raw in “no condition to perform.” He was told he needed to enter rehab and he refused. His termination was due to his refusal to enter rehab.
Whatever the case may be, Carlito was a talented performer who had all the tools to make it further than he did. His brother, Primo, is still under contract with the company and it will be interesting to see what his role on TV will become. Lately, the brothers were featured as a tag team. Unfortunately, that was the only way Carlito and Primo can get on TV lately and have matches on WWE programming.
Carlito will be back. TNA might bite on him if he has his personal issues behind him. He’s too good to pass up for long. I would even go so far as to say the WWE would take another crack at him if he gets help and shows he is ready to perform again. The WWE took Chris Masters back after releasing him due to a wellness violation. Carlito has debut on Smackdown in 2004 with the gimmick “Carlito Caribbean Cool.”