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UPDATE: Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl NOT among recent NXT releases, per WWE

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UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently...

PWInsider has also confirmed Bredl’s contract status. Cageside Seats reached out to WWE but didn’t receive a response within 12 hours and ran with another site’s report. We regret the error. Below is the story as originally posted.

ORIGINAL: Our latest Rumor Round-Up brought word of a couple WWE releases from the NXT roster/Performance Center crew, and according to a new report, there’s another name to add to the list.

Chris Atkins appeared on NXT television a couple times as a squash victim, but his greatest claim to fame was probably when he played a medic in a Bayley injury angle that worked a bunch of folks last Spring. His release was revealed yesterday by Pro Wrestling Sheet.

Backstage interviewer Andrea D’Marco had the most screen time of the releases. The former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and Florida Panthers reporter was frequently seen on NXT, as well as the WWE Network’s Cruiserweight Classic tournament series and the occassional main roster Kickoff show. So far, she’s the only one of this group who’s commented on her release. She told Pro Wrestling Sheet:

I’m incredibly grateful for the time I spent with the WWE. I learned so much and made forever friends. I’m thankful to the WWE Universe for always showing love and support.

I’m not upset that it’s over, I’m only filled with gratitude. It’s time for me to continue to conquer the world on my terms. With guts & grace anything is possible!

While he never made it to our screens as a full-fledged pro wrestler, and only appeared at a few house shows for NXT, the last name added to the list might be the most famous. According to With Spandex, Tough Enough season six male winner Josh Bredl is also gone. If true, this means both winners of the 2015 edition of the reality competition failed to make an impression with their $250,000 contract. Sara Lee, who finished first in the women’s group, was let go at the end of Sept. 2016.

With WWE rumored to be interested in a slew of independent talent, and lots of new faces likely coming in for the recently announced Women’s tournament show, you have to wonder if there might not be more cuts coming to Developmental.

Join us in wishing Atkins, Bredl and D’Marco the best in whatever comes next, and we’ll keep you posted on the comings and goings down in Orlando.

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