WWE’s roster bloated after the company purchased WWE in 2001. WWE continued to expand the roster and added ECW to the mix in 2005. Having said that, the expansionist policy was never intended to retain performers. As a matter of fact superstars including Drew McIntyre lost their jobs as part of WWE’s budget cuts. Some of them, however, ended up getting back to the company’s fold. These superstars were rehired only months after WWE released them from their contracts.
Of all the stars on the list, Emma was rehired in the shortest time period. The Australian joined WWE in the first half of 2010s and honed her craft in the earlier version of NXT. Emma was released by WWE after word got out she got arrested for shoplifting.
However, it was soon revealed that Emma didn’t steal anything but forgot to properly scan her purchase on a self-checkout machine. WWE confirmed the development and rehired Emma only an hour after announcing they had released her from contract.
Ring of Honor used to produce world class talent before its hiatus in 2021, and one of the promotion’s top star was Bryan Danielson. The American Dragon signed with WWE in the latter half of the 2000s and got repackaged as Daniel Bryan.
Bryan was fired from WWE in the buildup to SummerSlam 2010 because his actions did not sit well with the management. Bryan was also said to be extremely hot tempered when he first came to WWE. The two sides, however, worked things out and Bryan got back two months after his release.
Drake Maverick made a name for himself in Impact Wresting as Rockstar Spud. The Birmingham native was a regular on Impact and occasionally butted heads with the likes of EC3 and other top Impact stars at the time. Spud later joined WWE and was renamed Drake Maverick.
Maverick was in the middle of moving on from his role as the on-screen manager to a full-time in-ring competitor when he got released for the first time. Maverick also failed to win the Cruiserweight Classic but got rehired on two separate occasions.
Samoa Joe was arguably the hottest WWE signing of 2015. Joe also proved himself to be capable of fulfilling any role WWE gave him. The Samoan Submission Machine worked as a wrestler, play-by-play commentator, and on-screen authority figure.
Samoa Joe was released by WWE in April 2021 and that disappointed many fans. Joe was respected backstage and Triple H wasted no time and brought him back to NXT two months after his first WWE release. Unfortunately, WWE released him once again in 2022.
Karrion Kross was a Triple H project until he got called to the main roster. Kross was told to wear a helmet and lost to Jeff Hardy in seconds in his main roster debut. He and Scarlett Bordeaux were both released by WWE before they could prove themselves on the main roster.
Kross reverted to Killer Kross and started working for independent promotions including EC3 and Braun Strowman’s Control Your Narrative. That was until Triple H became WWE’s head booker and brought back both Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux nine months after their WWE release.