WWE handed down over dozen releases to the NXT brand last night, and each one of them was shocking in its own way. Fans raged online over the subject, and they are not the only upset people about this situation. If fans have learned anything in the past several months, it’s that WWE isn’t the only pro wrestling company around anymore.

By the time WWE was finished making phone calls to those released stars, Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, Leon Ruff, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Mercedes Martinez,, Asher Hale, Giant Zanjeer, Zechariah Smith, Kona Reeves, Ari Sterling, and Desmond Troy lost their jobs.

Each of the recently released WWE NXT Superstars will likely find a new home eventually. They could light up the indies without inking a new deal, but it won’t be a very long wait.

Fightful Select confirmed that those recent NXT releases will only have 30-day non-complete clause associated with their firings. It is possible that a couple of them are under different arrangements, but 30 days is the typical wait for all released NXT talent.


For those asking, the majority of the twelve WWE NXT releases have non-compete clauses that run 30 days in duration, making them available in early September. We can’t confirm this is the case across the board, and are working on getting more information on an individual basis.

WWE main roster talent must wait 90 days for their non-compete clauses to expire. In recent memory it has been reported that a few people might have asked for their clauses to be cancelled. Malakai Black’s non-compete clause was only 30 days since there was a clerical error on WWE’s part.

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