WWE may have seen record surge in profits and revenues during recent years. That doesn’t mean the company has stopped releasing talents owing to what it calls budget cuts.

Wednesday was just a normal day in the wrestling world until the news of the latest round of WWE releases hit social media. The company released several NXT personnel including William Regal.

Regal had been with NXT since its beginning. Together with Triple H, the Blackpool native oversaw the nascent developmental territory turn into the black and gold brand and ultimately NXT 2.0.

Johnny Gargano reacted to send his heartfelt thanks to William Regal, “If it wasn’t for William Regal a lot of your favorite guys wouldn’t be on television. He got so many of us ‘indie guys’ an opportunity. He will never take credit for that, but he deserves his flowers for helping and molding this generation of wrestlers. #ThankYouRegal.”

Following the release news, Raquel Gonzalez sent out an emotional message as she said, “The people who believed in me, who helped me see a light when it was all going dark, who shared their wisdom and gave me an opportunity, who always felt like family… I love y’all, we will always be family.”

Producer Road Dogg, coaches Timothy Thatcher, Danny Burch, Allison Danger, and Ace Steel along with writer Ryan Katz were also among a handful of NXT 2.0 personnel released Wednesday. Scott Armstrong was also released of his contractual obligations.

This is a sad day for the NXT brand. Keep checking back with Ringside News for constant updates.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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