WWE Braun Strowman: WWE has confirmed the release of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett in an official release earlier today. This is now the third round of talent released in the past six weeks as a result of WWE budget cuts.
WWE Braun Strowman: Starting with former Universal champion Braun Strowman. The company seemed heavily invested in the former Strongman competitor, re-signing him to a four-year contract in 2019, and regularly using him for public relations and media engagements.
WWE Braun Strowman: Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana amongst top Superstars released by WWE
Also included is Lana. Miro’s wife has seemed on the verge of a release in the past, but she got a ton of television time for a babyface push during the pandemic, so WWE appeared to be committed to keeping her around for the foreseeable future.
Aleister Black was just relaunched on SmackDown, and was poised to feud with Big E. There are also reports the company just re-signed his wife, Zelina Vega, after releasing her last year in the wake of their ban on talent running their own third-party online engagement accounts.
WWE Big Stars released: Ruby Riott and Buddy Murphy are somewhat less surprising, and the latter has been all but publicly asking for his release since his storyline with Seth Rollins and the Mysterios ended last year. Riott looked to be starting a television storyline with her long-time tag partner Liv Morgan last week.
NXT’s Santana Garrett is also someone fans were surprised survived the April and May cuts, as she’s been used sparingly since her signing.