WWE is in the trend of trimming the bottom line in a big way, and it seems that they are not finished with their roster cuts. The company doesn’t really take into consideration where a performer is from when handing down a release, but they apparently give some talent extra time to get things in order.
According to a report from Fightful Select, when WWE releases a Superstar who is a non-US citizen, those released wrestlers get an additional 60 days as a “grace period” to sort out their visa issues.
Many recently released Superstars, such as Cassie Lee and Jessica McKay, have been unable to monetize anything or make money after their release. This is due to visa issues. WWE apparently takes that into consideration with performers who find themselves in that situation.
Those that we’ve spoken to say that most of the wrestlers who aren’t citizens are given their 90 days with their non-competes, plus 60 days before they have to return to their country, which gives them about five months in total to get things in order.
If those Superstars can find employment during that 60-day time period, then then can stay in the United States. Otherwise, they would need to go back due to visa restraints. It was noted that the 90-day non-compete clause essentially means a Superstar is still under contract, and the extra 60 days is granted so they can “find work or prepare” for what’s next. This is obviously a major point of concern for many non-US citizens who are let go.