WWE fired dozen wrestlers and one referee from the NXT brand this week and that was a big surprise for a lot of people. Vince McMahon wants to repackage the black and gold brand and he didn’t need Triple H’s opinion at all when making this call.

At the end of the day, 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 lost their jobs. More NXT cuts could be on the way.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Triple H had zero say in the recent releases. Vince McMahon was the decider in this case with Bruce Prichard and Johnny Ace helping him come up with names to release.

“Paul Levesque [Triple H] and Shawn Michaels didn’t have anything to do with the cuts. It was done by Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard and John Laurinaitis and the basic gist is that NXT is gonna change.”


Many people around the Performance Center were a bit nervous when Vince McMahon, WWE President Nick Khan, and others visited in recent memory. That trip was said to have gone well, but the fact that WWE started releasing Superstars in mass numbers from NXT shortly after that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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