WWE never shut their doors during the pandemic, but they made significant cuts along the way.
It was previously reported that some in WWE are pretty upset about the company’s cutbacks, especially considering the massive profits they brought in last quarter. The company also cut several more furloughed employees this week, around 70.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that several employees who were furloughed started looking for new jobs once their first return date in July was pushed to September. There was also a feeling within the company that they were fed a line of “bullsh*t” the entire time.
“I know from different people there when they saw the profit numbers they were like ‘okay, that story,’ When it first happened they thought the company was in dire straits and then it came out that the company wasn’t in dire straits whatsoever so it’s kinda like ‘well that was bullsh*t’ and then when they didn’t get brought back when they said that they were going to then a lot of people started looking for jobs and realizing that the gig was up.”
It was noted that WWE “proved that they could live without them.” A lot of the releases also came from departments that WWE isn’t using anymore like those who handled WWE’s touring schedule such as dealing with booking travel and venues.
It might be a very long time before WWE is able to hold any live events again, or even tour for television tapings. As of this writing those departments that dealt with live events remains in shambles.
Transcription by Ringside News