WWE announced big cuts today and up to 40% of their staff lost their jobs. This was a sad day for WWE and a number of staff were let go. There were lay-offs throughout the entire company, but fans will likely only know about those who appear on television of former Superstars who were producing backstage.

Superstars and backstage producers were released along with the rest of the company. At this time 20 on-air talent have been released.

We’re not certain if more are to come. We can probably expect it at this point.

WWE news is moving really fast right now. Let’s list the ones that have been announced so far.


On-Screen Talent

  • Drake Maverick
  • Curt Hawkins
  • Zack Ryder
  • Heath Slater
  • Luke Gallows
  • Karl Anderson
  • Rusev
  • No Way Jose
  • Sarah Logan
  • Mike Kanellis
  • Maria Kanellis
  • Aiden English
  • EC3
  • Lio Rush
  • Eric Young
  • Primo Colon
  • Epico Colon
  • Erick Rowan
  • Deonna Purrazzo (NXT)
  • Aleksandar Jaksic (NXT)
  • MJ Jenkins (NXT)
  • Dorian Mak (NXT)
  • Kassius Ohno (NXT UK)
  • Taynara Conti (NXT)
  • Dan Matha (NXT)
  • Nick Ogarelli (NXT)
  • Cezar Bononi (NXT)
  • Mars Wang (NXT)
  • Tino Sabbatelli (NXT)
  • Faisal Kurdi (NXT)
  • Hussain Aldagal (NXT)
  • Mohamed Fahim (NXT)
  • Marcos Gomes (NXT)
  • Edgar Lopez (NXT)
  • Yifeng (Rocky) (NXT)
  • Mike Chioda (Referee)

WWE Performance Center Coaches

  • Sereena Deeb
  • Kendo Kashin
  • Ace Steel


  • Kurt Angle
  • Lance Storm
  • Mike Rotunda (IRS)
  • Sarah Stock
  • Dave Finlay (Fit Finlay)
  • Shane Helms (Hurricane)
  • Pat Buck
  • Shawn Daivari
  • Scott Armstrong
  • Lance Storm

Other Staff

  • Andrea Listenberger (writer)
  • Jerry Soto (Spanish-language announcer)
  • Josiah Williams (NXT ring announcer)

Backstage producers were not released, they were furloughed with the intention of bringing them back when they can. Hopefully, that will be much sooner than later.

Keep checking back with Ringside News as we continue to monitor this on-going story.

Felix Upton

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