WWE News: WWE planning to release more names owing to pay cuts: Budget-related cuts have become a common practice in WWE ever since the global pandemic disrupted human lives. If the latest reports are to be believed, WWE is planning more budget-related cuts in the future. As per Fightful, WWE is eyeing several other releases by the end of this week, and some premier names could face the axe.
The shocking releases WWE has made over the past year and a half haven’t been received pretty well by the fans. With one more release round set to take place, it would be interesting to see how people will react.
WWE has already released more than 30 employees
WWE has ended its terms with over 30 employees, including both in-ring performers and backstaff management. The first round of releases came on April 15, 2020, when the lockdown was imposed in the United States, and WWE had to move to the Performance Center with no live audience allowed. Some of the major names that were released at that time were,
- Maria Kanellis
- Mark Chioda (Referee)
- The Revival (Tag Team)
- Kurt Angle
- Erick Rowan
- Zack Ryder
- Curtis Axel
- Karl Anderson
- Luke Gallows
- Sarah Logan
- Lio Rush
- Eric Young
The names mentioned above are among some of the names released. Many others got released at that time. Some of them joined rival promotions like AEW and Impact Wrestling, including Rusev, who performs at AEW promotion under the name Miro and is one of their premier stars. Former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush also joined AEW, while Zack Ryder has moved to Impact Wrestling.
The next batch of WWE releases came on April 15 this year when names like Samoa Joe, Mickie James, The Iiconins (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), Kalisto, Bo Dallas, Tucker, Chelsea Green, Mojo Rawley, Wesley Blake, etc.
In the first week of May, WWE again released some of its employees, including two referees and in-ring performers like Velveteen Dream, Alexander Wolfe, Kavita Devi, Vanessa Borne, etc.