A few reasons were given for the mass cuts made to the WWE roster this past November 4th. Budget cuts was the official excuse. The vaccine for COVID-19 has been a hot button issue in all sports, not to mention in politics. It seems that this subject hit WWE as well.
It was reported that some of the releases they did make were directly in relation to some of the released superstars not wanting to get vaccinated.
Nia Jax fired back on that, stating that her not wanting to get vaccinated was never mentioned prior to the release. During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that there was no warning whatsoever to these released members of the roster about the vaccine – he seconding Nia Jax’s previous statements.
“Everybody was told it was budgetary reasons. So on the vax story, there were several of the people, I don’t know the names specifically, it was not everyone but it was probably a half dozen or more that did not get vaxxed that were cut and it was very much a part of the reason. The thing is and I know this from a couple of different people because I asked ‘were you told that if you don’t get vaxxed that you were in trouble?’
They never told anyone to get vaccinated, as far as I know, or threatened (or told) you have to. Because I know [I asked] were you told that you needed to get vaccinated. And it was like ‘no.’ It was understood they wanted you to but nobody was told. If the idea was like we’re gonna cut people who don’t get vaccinated, I think that they should tell people ahead of time and maybe there’s legal reasons why they don’t as far as lawsuits or something.”
There may in fact be more cuts coming to the WWE roster, and whether this is because of they being anti-vaccine or for any other reason is unclear at this time.