WWE has seen a few Superstars request their release in recent months. However, they have been taking a much different tactic by using social media to get their message out there.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that Superstars who personally asked for their releases such as The Revival, Mike & Maria Kanellis, and Sasha Banks were denied their requests. However, they might have discovered a different approach to the situation.
When Jack Swagger requested his WWE release, he made it very public with an announcement. Tye Dillinger did the same thing with a lengthy statement to explain his reasons as well. While his release has reportedly not been granted yet, Luke Harper also requested his WWE release in an open forum.
Therefore, if WWE Superstars want a better chance at having a successful release request it might be a good idea to ask and then discuss it openly. Dave Meltzer also said on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE would typically be cutting people due to the size of their roster, but they don’t want another situation like when Impact Wrestling released Kazuchika Okada and then he ended up being one of the biggest wrestling stars in the world.
One benefit to not making their release request so public might be to benefit their careers with the company. The Revival saw a push to the RAW Tag Team Titles following their release request and Mike Kanellis also started to see more time on 205 Live.
However, it was also noted on Wrestling Observer Radio this week that the company doesn’t want the bad public relations hit by keeping someone with the company that has publicly stated they don’t want to be there. So if a Superstar makes their release request public it is much more likely to actually be granted.