15 WWE talents were recently released over a six-day span. According to multiple reports, more releases are expected to follow.
More WWE releases are reportedly on the horizon.
On July 31, the company announced the stunning release of Bray Wyatt. Two days later, Hall of Famer Ric Flair was let go from his legends contract at his request. And last week, WWE released NXT talents Bobby Fish, Mercedes Martinez, Bronson Reed, Leon Ruff, Jake Atlas, Stephon Smith, Kona Reeves, Giant Zanjeer, Zechariah Smith, Asher Hale, Tyler Rust, Desmond Troy and Ari Sterling.
Multiple reports suggest that more releases will soon follow.
Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer discussed the releases on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingNews.co). Meltzer said “I doubt it that’s it. Everyone is kind of talking like that’s not gonna be it.”
WWE began a long series of releases in April of last year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of talents and several staffers (producers, on-air personalities and longtime referee Mike Chioda) were let go from their contracts. More cuts took place in April; WWE wound up bringing back Samoa Joe two months after releasing him from his old contract.
On June 2, WWE announced the releases of Aleister Black (now Malakai Black in AEW), Lana, Murphy, Santana Garrett, Ruby Riott and Braun Strowman. It has been reported that the company may have interest in bringing back The Monster Among Men.
Before WWE began the massive releases last spring, Vince McMahon and company officials were supposedly keen on stockpiling talents in order to prevent them from landing with the rival AEW promotion.
WWE has more than enough finances and resources to keep the talents that they have released. By letting all of these wrestlers go, they’re just going to allow other promotions to cash in on the opportunities. McMahon doesn’t view AEW as serious competition, but that company has done done an excellent job in maximizing the talents of former WWE talents like Miro, Malakai Black and Jon Moxley, among others. So really, it’s difficult to comprehend WWE’s logic behind all of these releases.