WWE shocked fans when they released dozen NXT Superstars from their contracts. Now 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 are out of work. Fans should get used to hearing this kind of news.

According to a report from Fightful Select, WWE releases will become a regular thing in the future. It was also noted that one source put the weight of this decision on Vince McMahon, because he could stop any release if he wanted to.

“Vince McMahon can personally put a stop to any of these,” the source noted, but the decisions are also “a collaborative effort.” The outlet also confirmed that more releases are expected. In fact, it will be a regular news item “moving forward.”

The source confirmed that WWE releases are going to be a regular occurrence moving forward, but says that they personally expect 2021 to be an outlier with both the frequency and the level of talent.


WWE went years, from around the Summer of 2016 to the Summer of 2020, without handing down mass releases. This report stemmed from WWE releasing a dozen NXT Superstars, and that has to have everyone on alert.

It seems that fans should get used to that kind of business from Vince McMahon’s company as we move into whatever next phase McMahon, President Nick Khan, and CFO Kristina Salen have planned for the company.

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