- WWE releases several wrestlers in early 2021
- Who was released and why
- The wrestlers who were released
- The reactions of the wrestlers who were released
- The reactions of the WWE Universe
- The future of the released wrestlers
- The future of WWE
- What this means for WWE fans
- What this means for the wrestling industry
- The implications of WWE’s releases
WWE has a long history of releasing superstars. Here are some of the most notable releases from WWE in 2021.
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WWE releases several wrestlers in early 2021
WWE released several wrestlers in early 2021, including Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman, and Kane. The company has not given any specific reasons for the releases, but financial difficulties may have played a role. This is part of a larger trend of WWE reducing its roster size in recent years.
Who was released and why
On January 15, 2021, WWE announced that it had released Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, and Kalisto from their contracts. The company also confirmed that Samoa Joe will be returning to NXT as a commentator.
The layoffs come as WWE tries to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the company lost $120 million in revenue due to the pandemic. In order to generate more revenue in 2021, WWE has been forced to make cuts in other areas.
It was reported that WWE had been looking to release Samoa Joe due to his high salary and they were hoping to save money by releasing him. It is unknown at this time if the other wrestlers who were released were also being paid high salaries.
WWE has not yet announced who will be taking over for Samoa Joe as the commentator on NXT.
The wrestlers who were released
The wrestlers who were released are as follows:
The reactions of the wrestlers who were released
While some of the released wrestlers have chosen to stay silent about their WWE departures, others have taken to social media to speak their minds.
One of the most outspoken former WWE Superstars is EC3, who was released from his contract on April 15th. On his Twitter account, he has been very critical of WWE and its management, calling out WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and saying that he was “glad to be free” from the company.
Former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James was also released on April 15th, and she took to Twitter to express her gratitude for her time in WWE. She said that she was “thankful for everything” and that she was excited for what the future holds.
The reactions of the WWE Universe
On January 6, 2021, WWE released ten superstars from the roster. The internet WWE Universe was quick to have their say on the matter, with some unhappy with the decision while others were not surprised.
The ten superstars who were released are:
– Mike Kanellis
– Maria Kanellis
– Zack Ryder
– Curt Hawkins
– No Way Jose
– Epico Colon
– Primo Colon
– Robert Roode
– Tucker Knight
– Mojo Rawley
While many fans were surprised by WWE’s decision to release Mike and Maria Kanellis, others felt that it was only a matter of time. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins had been with the company for a long time but had seen very little success in recent years. No Way Jose was considered to be a lower card superstar and his release was not met with much disappointment.
The releases of Epico Colon, Primo Colon, Robert Roode, Tucker Knight and Mojo Rawley came as a surprise to some fans but they were not necessarily upset about it. All five superstars are talented individuals who could potentially find success elsewhere.
The future of the released wrestlers
On April 15, 2021, WWE released 10 wrestlers from its main roster. These included notable names such as Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, and Lana. Former United States Champion Andrade was also among those released. The future of the released wrestlers is now unknown.
Braun Strowman was the first wrestler to be announced as released by WWE. He is a former Universal Champion and has held the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship on two occasions. Strowman’s time with WWE has been marked by many ups and downs, but he is without a doubt one of the most popular wrestlers in recent years. It remains to be seen where Braun Strowman will end up, but it is safe to say that he will be in high demand.
Aleister Black was also among those released by WWE. Black is a former NXT Champion and has held the NXT Tag Team Championship with Ricochet. Black is a very talented wrestler and has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see where Aleister Black ends up and what he can do outside of WWE.
Lana is a former United States Champion and has been with WWE since 2013. Lana has been involved in many controversial storylines over the years, but she is a very talented wrestler. Lana’s release came as a surprise to many fans, but it remains to be seen what the future holds for her.
Andrade was also released by WWE on April 15th. Andrade is a former United States Champion and NXT Champion. Andrade is a very talented wrestler and has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see where Andrade ends up and what he can do outside of WWE.
The future of WWE
While WWE has yet to officially release any talent in 2021, there have been a number of WWE Superstars who have left the company this year.
The most notable releases include Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev), Lana (Catherine Joy Perry), Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu), Ryback (Ryan Reeves), and The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay).
Rusev was released from WWE on April 15, 2021, just two days after WrestleMania 37. He had been with WWE since 2011, and was a former United States Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion.
Lana was released from WWE on April 15, 2021, the same day as Rusev. She had been with WWE since 2013, and was a former one-time Women’s Champion.
Jimmy Uso was released from WWE on April 22, 2021. He had been with WWE since 2009, and was a two-time former Tag Team Champion.
Ryback was released from WWE on May 1, 2021. He had been with WWE since 2012, and is a former Intercontinental Champion.
The IIconics were released from WWE on May 8, 2021. They had been with WWE since 2015, and were former one-time Women’s Tag Team Champions.
What this means for WWE fans
It was a tough year for WWE fans with the company having to make some tough decisions in order to stay afloat. Among those decisions was the release of many fan-favorite superstars, who had to be let go in order to save costs. Here is a list of the superstars who were released by WWE in 2021:
What this means for the wrestling industry
I’m sure we all remember when WWE released a total of 10 wrestlers in April of 2020 due to the pandemic. It was a time when the whole world was turned upside down and everyone was feeling the effects. The wrestling industry was no different. While WWE may have been able to weather the storm, other promotions were not so lucky. In the months that followed, we saw a number of smaller promotions go out of business.
Now, just over a year later, WWE has once again released a number of wrestlers. This time, however, the number is much smaller at just four. But who are these four wrestlers and what does their release mean for the wrestling industry?
The first wrestler on the list is Braun Strowman. Strowman is a former WWE Universal Champion and has been with the company for over five years. His release came as a surprise to many, myself included. While WWE may have felt that he was no longer needed, I believe that his release will be felt by the company in the future.
The second wrestler on the list is EC3. EC3 made his debut in NXT just three years ago and quickly became one of the top stars in NXT. He then went on to have a successful run on the main roster. However, his time on the main roster was cut short due to injury and he was never really able to get back on track. His release came as no surprise to many and I don’t believe it will have any major impact on WWE or the wrestling industry as a whole.
The third wrestler on the list is Lana. Lana has been with WWE for almost eight years and is best known for her time as Rusev’s manager/valet. Lana is also an accomplished in-ring performer and has held both the SmackDown Women’s Championship and the RAW Women’s Championship in her career. Her release came as a bit of a surprise but I don’t believe it will have any significant impact on WWE or the wrestling industry moving forward.
And finally, we come to The Miz. Miz has been with WWE for over 15 years and is one of the most popular and accomplished superstars in recent memory. He’s a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, and Tag Team Champion. He’s also a two-time Money in the Bank winner and Mr Money in thd Bank twice over! His release came as something of a surprise but given his age (he’s currently 41) and recent string of injuries, it’s not entirely unexpected either. I do believe that his release will have an impact on WWE though, especially considering how popular he is with both fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
The implications of WWE’s releases
On January 15, WWE released several wrestlers from its roster. Some of these wrestlers had been with the company for years, while others were new to WWE. The releases came as a surprise to many fans, as WWE had just signed a new television deal with NBCUniversal.
The releases were likely due to financial reasons, as WWE is facing a decline in revenue. In 2020, WWE’s revenue was down 18% from the previous year. The decline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced WWE to cancel live events and air its programming on television instead of pay-per-view.
The release of such popular wrestlers as Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and Aleister Black will likely have implications for WWE’s ratings and revenue. It remains to be seen how these releases will impact the company in the long term.