The announcement was made official on Friday, August 10. WWE simply gave the traditional "future endeavors" line announcing his release, effective immediately.
The release came after A.W. made a highly publicized joke on the July 30 episode of Monday Night RAW. While serving as the manager for The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil & Darren Young) and using a mobile headset, A.W. made the comment, "Titus O'Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel (room) in Colorado. He's unstoppable!!" Immediately after the match and the commercial break, lead play-by-play man Michael Cole issued a live apology on behalf of the company for A.W.'s remarks and said "WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter."
Washington (born Brian Jossie) did not the release quietly. Immediately he took to his A.W. page on Twitter to give some scathing posts about the company and the hypocrisy of his release and compared to other acts done by other WWE performers. He then promptly opened a new Twitter account, expecting that his A.W one (promoted by WWE) would be shut down soon.
A representative for WWE told TMZ,"Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W. was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media."
A.W. had been a part of WWE since February 2009 and did training in Florida Championship Wrestling where he developed the Abraham Washington character. He debuted on ECW in June 2009 with the Abraham Washington Show. When ECW folded he returned to FCW and worked as an in-ring wrestler.
He returned to WWE TV in March 2012 as A.W., the leader of All-World Promotions. He originally managed Primo, Epico and Rosa Mendes but double crossed them at No Way Out in June and joined up with The Prime Time Players.