WWE Superstars Who Allowed Their Contracts To Expire

WWE is the biggest wrestling promotion in the world and there’s no arguing that. The sports and entertainment juggernaut signs performers to contracts every now and then. The company also has a history of cutting contracts at earlier days. Whatever the reason may be, WWE continues to receive criticism over its handling of talent contracts. However, there are superstars who decided to leave the company on their own terms.

Rhyno

Rhyno is no stranger to wrestling fans. The real-life Terrance Guido Gerin worked multiple stints in WWE. He joined WWE during the notorious Invasion storyline as a heel in 2001. He played a babyface character during his last stint with the company.

Rhyno

Rhyno was offered the biggest pay rise of his career in 2019 but ultimately decided to let his contract expire as he strongly felt he was underutilized. Rhyno joined IMPACT Wrestling in the wake of his WWE exit and has been with the promotion ever since.

Johnny Gargano

Johnny Gargano was known as “Mr. TakeOver” during his time in Triple H’s NXT. He is the first ever NXT Triple Crown winner, a former NXT Champion, a record three-time NXT North American Champion, and a former NXT Tag Team Champion.

Johnny Gargano

Shortly after his son Quill was born, the “Heart and Soul of NXT” decided not to renew his deal as he was interested in spending time with his family. Gargano hasn’t arrived in any other televised pro wrestling company yet, but there is an open door for him to make a WWE return.

Candice LeRae

Candice LeRae was one of the highlights of the women’s division in Triple H’s version of NXT. LeRae competed in solid matches and had great rivalries with the likes of former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai and others.

Candice LeRae

LeRae’s contract was set to expire in the middle of this year and that is exactly what happened as Candice LeRae officially became a free agent last month. Both Candice and Gargano made their first post-WWE appearance a few days back.

Adam Cole

Adam Cole received the greatest push of his career in NXT and there’s no arguing that. Cole made his NXT debut in convincing fashion as he laid out then-NXT Champion Drew McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 19.

Adam Cole

After four successful years, Cole let his contract expire and left the company in August 2021. He made his AEW debut at the promotion’s All Out pay-per-view event later that year. He is currently leading the SuperKliq faction in AEW.

Bryan Danielson

Bryan Danielson is the only performer on this list who has multiple WrestleMania main events to his name. Danielson headlined WrestleMania XXX in 2014. He was also a part of the triple threat main event that included Roman Reigns and Edge at WrestleMania 37 last year.

Bryan Danielson

The American Dragon left the company after his contract expired in May 2021. A major reason for his departure was his determination to wrestle without the shackles of limitations WWE would put on him and his moveset.

Jon Moxley

Jon Moxley had a successful career in WWE. Moxley debuted as 1/3 of the Shield at the 2012 Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The Shield became the single-most dominant faction during the time it remained active. Moxley also won the WWE Champion in his WWE career.

Jon Moxley

WWE announced that Jon Moxley would leave the company in 2018. Moxley also told the fans he didn’t intend to sign a new deal with WWE. Following his departure, Moxley appeared in different promotions before settling primarily in AEW and New Japan.

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