WWE released a dozen NXT Superstars from their contracts this week, and more are expected. In fact, WWE releases are expected to be a regular occurrence moving forward. The company changed direction for NXT and now they are repackaging the brand, but that has left some very frustrated.

It was reported by Fightful Select that the company entered a “talent slashing mode” in 2018 with what “everyone assumed were honest intentions.” Many pitches were also made that involved “collecting talent” and developing Performance Center facilities all over the world.

The idea was to stock up on talent and then have them travel between their “global territories.” The pandemic axed those plans as intentions for a Performance Center in Latin America, India, Japan, and elsewhere were put on ice. This came after they could see that the company was already pumping the brakes on this idea by leaving so many Superstars “parked” in NXT.

There is now some big frustration surrounding the entire situation. The company line is “it’s business,” but many aren’t happy with that excuse.


The official both expressed extreme frustration, coupled with explaining the line of thinking from a corporate aspect. Despite the outward frustration, the “it’s business” line of thinking is privately put forth within the company.

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE might look much different. The whole world would likely be an entirely different place in many respects. There is also the possibility that WWE might have continued with their plans to expand NXT. One has to worry about the NXT UK roster at a time like this.

We will continue monitoring WWE’s activities as the company seemingly morphs into something new in front of us. There is a reason why Triple H’s name trended this morning. Comparisons have been made between WWE and MTV and it’s not hard to see that connection at this point.

What’s your take on this situation? Sound off in the comments!

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