We recently learned about Nic “Dolph Ziggler” Nemeth’s first wrestling booking since being released by WWE back in September, a match for WWC in Puerto Rico next month. Then last night (Dec. 11) Game Changer Wrestler announced that another talent cut after the Endeavor deal closed and WWE merged with UFC to form TKO, former Maximum Male Model Mansoor, will debut for the promotion at their Royal Rumble weekend show Look At Me, Jan. 26 in Tampa.
Actually, Mansoor & his partner Mace — now going by Mason D. Madden — already hit the independent scene last weekend when they showed up at Deadlock Pro Wrestling’s 2nd Anniversary show. But even in doing so, they pointed out that the standard 90 day non-compete period that follows WWE releases wasn’t up yet...
We don’t know if that duo had a different type of deal (for instance, NXT contracts only include a 30 day non-compete), but regardless. We should expect to start seeing more of the folks let go by WWE back in September showing up on the indie scene and in bigger promotions like TNA, AEW & New Japan. Because for the folks who had main roster contracts (and/or who don’t want to risk losing any of the benefits that come from honoring the 90 day post-release period), they’ll be able to start appearing on wrestling shows next Thursday, Dec. 21.
So in addition to ones we already know about like Ziggler, Mansoor & Matt Riddle, be on the lookout for names like Mustafa Ali, Aliyah, Shelton Benjamin, Rick Boogs, Dana Brooke, Dabbo-Kato, Elias, Quincy Elliot, Yulissa Leon, Riddick Moss, Shanky, and Top Dolla at a show near you.