WWE released Braun Strowman from his contract this week. Cutting anyone with such a high-dollar deal will turn a lot of heads. This was evident as many people took to social media and made both Braun and Vince McMahon’s name trend.

Some are under the belief that Vince McMahon is preparing to sell WWE. The company is still recording record profits, but now their bottom line is much lower. Cutting Braun Strowman saved them $1 million a year alone. Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, Buddy Murphy, and Santana Garrett were all cut today. Some of those people wanted to leave the company.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Braun Strowman’s WWE release. This happened because he had such a big contract. He also didn’t think ahead and get a “no cut clause” inserted in.

“I think a lot of things hurt Strowman like his salary. I mean, it’s one thing if you’re paying $250,000 for a salary for someone you do very little with. You can always have him run around and do 24/7 gimmick, right? But you really can’t have Strowman in that thing, so you can’t do anything with him.”


“He’s got a huge paycheck, a big contract. One of the things he made a big mistake on, and only the top guys can pull this off, but he was a top guy when he signed that contract. Do not assume that Vince loves you and he will always take care of you. I’m sure he thought that when he signed his contract. There are top guys, there aren’t many of them, but there are top guys when they sign these multi-year contract for big money they have been able to get no-cut deals and a couple of people told me ‘these top guys sign whatever’ and Vince guarantees you 7-figures a year, but he can cut you at any time he wants. When you’re a middle guy you’re not gonna get away with that. When you’re a top guy you can get it, but you’re gonna have to push for it.”

It seems that Commander Azeez an Omos might have replaced Braun Strowman on the main roster as the new monsters. They are also not commanding the same paycheck. Omos was called Vince McMahon’s “new toy” and then he said that Strowman couldn’t continue being a giant when Omos is so much taller than he is.

“It was expressed to me that he was two years past his peak and he was getting a high salary and that was the issue with him.”

A transition on the roster seemed to have moved Braun Strowman out of his spot. Now he is on his own and looking forward to turning that next chapter. This was a big surprise for a lot of people, and even Mick Foley believes that Strowman is a “can’t miss” signing for AEW.

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Felix Upton

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