WWE fired NXT referee Drake Wuertz today, but he wasn’t the only referee that the company cut. Jake Clemons was also notified of his release today.

According to Sean Sapp, Clemons, who is from the Ohio area, was released along with Drake Wuertz today. No reason was given to explain why either was let go.

We’ve been told that referee Jake Clemons has been let go from WWE NXT as well, unfortunately.

I’ve also been told he already has an indie booking, so good for him.


Most fans will remember Jake Clemons as Seth Rollins’ heel referee. He played that role on the WWE main roster and then was hired in NXT after that. Now his time with the company is over.

WWE cut ten main roster Superstars on April 15th. They also gutted their talent relations division and axed the entire talent management group. It seems that they are still in a cost-cutting mode despite record profits and a return to the road in sight.

It was reported that more NXT releases could be on the way today. We will continue monitoring this story here at Ringside News.

H Jenkins

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