A week later, Reks asked for his release as he intended to retire from wrestling to spend more time with his family; he and WWE parted ways on August 21, thus ending the team.refref In October, Hawkins announced that he had undergone surgery for a torn [[posterior cruciate ligament]] and [[Meniscus (anatomy)|]].ref
On the January 21, 2013 Raw, a short-haired Hawkins returned on television tapings in a show-closing brawl. He made his return match on the February 9 episode of Saturday Morning Slam, losing to [[Tyson Kidd]], and has not won a televised match since. On June 5, 2013 Hawkins debuted a new gimmick on Main Event losing to [[Justin Gabriel]]. Hawkins would continue his losing streak, losing to the likes of [[Big E Langston]], [[Sin Cara]], and [[Rob Van Dam]].