WWE just released a lot of NXT Superstars and mass releases will likely become a normal thing around WWE. Mark Henry saw the writing on the wall a long time ago and he left to join AEW. Now he is on the outside of Vince McMahon’s company, looking in.
Henry took to Busted Open Radio to comment on the latest budget cuts. In case you didn’t know, NXT talents Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, Leon Ruff, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Mercedes Martinez, Asher Hale, Giant Zanjeer, Zechariah Smith, Kona Reeves, Ari Sterling, Desmond Troy, and referee Stephon Smith all lost their jobs last night during SmackDown.
Mark Henry mentioned that wrestlers should be focused on their job security and that nobody on the roster is safe after what transpired last night.
“I just saw somebody say, ‘NXT has just been released by the WWE.’ I giggled a little bit. It wasn’t a laugh, it was a [giggles]. That shouldn’t be a thing, man. I shouldn’t giggle at that, but the point about it is there have been so many releases that people are starting to look at, ‘Damn, man, the writings on the wall. I can be out of here at any time. Maybe I need to focus on job security.
Maybe I need to go ahead and take a preemptive strike and not re-sign and go somewhere else.’ Japan, IMPACT, AEW, ROH, MLW. There are places to go work, and do you want to be a part of something that’s already well established or do you want to go somewhere and help make a company better? It depends on the talent, but it looks like, from an NXT standpoint, that nobody’s safe.
That’s what it looks like to me after last night — Getting that news, and man, I’m just sitting here like still perplexed about the fact [that] it happened during the show. Like, hey guys, ‘I’m going to throw this grenade in the room and see what happens.’ What did they think was going to be the reaction from the fans?”
Mark Henry currently works for AEW as a commentator for Rampage, the promotion’s second television show, though it’s possible he will make his AEW in-ring debut one day. Further reports have revealed that the mass releases are part of the rebranding of NXT.
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