WWE furloughed many people on April 15th, and in the past few weeks several people received a call saying that they are no longer needed. Gerald Brisco received a call just like that from Vince McMahon himself. Shane Helms was one of the producers who was furloughed in April, but he has yet to receive a phone call from WWE.
Helms revealed while speaking to Wrestling Inc that WWE has not fully released him yet. He considers it like a release because he’s not working, but he is technically still on furlough.
“Yeah, I guess it’s a furloughing, until I go back. To me, it’s the same thing as being released if I go back or whatever. April 15, Tax Day, of course, always sucks but it wasn’t anything that was unexpected for me anyway. Kind of made sense since I was sitting at home doing nothing, but I’ve been podcasting for a long time myself dating all the way back to 2010. I was just having this discussion with a friend of mine. I was live streaming back in 2010.”
Shane Helms is not needed in a producer capacity because the company isn’t putting on as many events. The pandemic eliminated touring complete with house shows. A new report says that WWE house shows aren’t slated to return until 2022.
WWE has already given a few producers their full release from the company, but Shane Helms is still technically with them and waiting for a call to come back to work.