WWE is arguably the biggest and most successful wrestling promotion in the world today. The sports and entertainment juggernaut has been at the top ever since it plummeted WCW Nitro in ratings during the Monday Night Wars. WWE is also home to a stocked roster and has its presence in more than 150 countries around the world. Many superstars have come and go during the decades the company has been around. Some left due to personal reasons. Others wanted to achieve bigger dreams. These employees left for the latter.
Charly Caruso (real name Charly Arnolt) joined WWE in 2016. AEW President Tony Khan, who is friends with Caruso, invited her to attend a WWE SmackDown show in 2016. Caruso crossed paths with WWE Senior Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano, who got her in touch with Michael Cole.
Caruso made her WWE debut as the in-ring announcer for NXT. She took up additional responsibilities before joining the main roster as a backstage correspondent. She took a full time job at ESPN as the primary fill in host for First Take in 2021.
Cathy Kelley is famously known for her role as a backstage interviewer and pre-show host in Triple H’s version of NXT. She signed with WWE in February 2016 and conducted backstage interviews in addition to hosting WWE Now.
Cathy Kelley announced her departure from WWE on February 13, 2020. Her last day with the company was at NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16. She received a proper send off from Triple H and the Undisputed Era. She is currently busy making a name for herself in Hollywood.
Sasha Banks is one of the most successful female superstars in the history of the WWE. Banks started in Triple H’s version of NXT. Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Bayley are known as the Four Horsewomen of WWE.
Her WWE success catapulted her to superstardom and she appeared in Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian. Banks had a rift with WWE Creative that led to her and Naomi walking out of the company. WWE reportedly released her in June 2022.
John Cena was WWE’s top guy for nearly a decade. Cena carried WWE to greater heights and was instrumental in bringing the younger audience to love the company. Cena also followed in the footsteps of Batista and The Rock.
The Cenation leader found great success in Hollywood and is continuing to impress mainstream audience with his acting in movies and series such as HBO’s Peacemaker. He makes his return to Monday Night Raw on June 27, 2022.
Batista was handpicked by Triple H to replace him as the top guy on Raw. Their rivalry had a slow yet extremely compelling buildup that reached its boiling point when Batista won the Men’s Royal Rumble Match in 2005.
The Animal exited WWE in 2010 to pursue a career in Hollywood. Batista received praise for his portrayal of Drax in James Gunn-helmed Guardians of the Galaxy. His last WWE match came at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.
The Rock is arguably WWE’s biggest export to Hollywood. The Great One made his acting debut way back during the Attitude Era. The Rock is also one of the few celebrities who have hosted Saturday Night Live on more than one occasion.
The Rock is currently the biggest star in Hollywood and his films have made billions of dollars at the Box Office. The Rock is heavily anticipated to face Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns next year at WrestleMania 39.