WWE releases shocked us when they announced they released six wrestlers: Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Ruby Riott, Buddy Murphy, Lana, and Santana Garrett.
This strikes hard as Black was in the early stages of a feud with Big E after a series of vignettes, and Braun Strowman was recently challenging for the WWE Championship.
This comes on the heals of recent talk the last couple of weeks about the WWE doing a series of cost cutting releases as well as a bunch of NXT call ups coming, and it looks like it’s started.
It’s been reported by @leakedwrestling that these releases were expected to come this week, and some major names started it off.
WWE has come to terms on the releases of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett.
— WWE (@WWE) June 2, 2021
We won’t be surprised if other performers like Jeff Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Sami Zayn.
The three of these are difficult to understand as Jeff recently signed a new contract, and Nakamura recently had a push but was reportedly told his job is to put others over.
Sami Zayn‘s contract is reportedly up in September, and that’s roughly when a 90 day No Compete clause would end so it’d save the company some money.
Bray Wyatt seems likely simply because he’s been off reportedly dealing with some personal problems and if his contract is big enough it’d make sense.
But he’s one cut the fandom wouldn’t appreciate, plus he could be an awesome addition to AEW or even Impact Wrestling if he returns.
Other possible names fans have been throwing out could include Jaxson Ryker, R-Truth, Sami Zayn, and a slew of mid carders depending on how deep the cuts go.
The truth is, the cuts could be massive as the WWE has plenty of talent signed that aren’t being used and this could get interesting as NXT call ups are expected.
This comes as a surprise since the WWE will be returning to the road in the next month and releasing big names that are fan favorites is a risky move at this stage, but it could work out.
It’ll leave opening for younger talent to move up and make their claim, so we’ll have to wait and see.
We’ll keep our eyes out for more release news as the day moves on, but let us know if you think there’ll be more and if so who will be next in the WWE releases craze?
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