WWE has released a ton of wrestlers due to budget cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today the rumor mill hinted at more WWE releases coming today. PW Insider, Fightful, and other outlets have now confirmed that the following wrestlers have been released. We’ll be updating this list as more names are added:
- Eva Marie
- Nia Jax
- Karrion Kross
- Keith Lee
- Ember Moon
- Franky Monet
- Gran Metalik
- Lince Dorado
- Jessi Kamea
- Zayda Ramier
- Trey Baxter
- Katrina Cortez
- Jeet Rama
- Mia Yim
- Harry Smith
- Oney Lorcan
For some reason Scarlett was never called up to the main roster alongside her boyfriend Karrion Kross. She was an integral part of his act and entrance in NXT. Not surprisingly, he floundered on Raw without her and was turned into a Dollar Store Super Shredder. Now they are both gone.
Eva Marie returned to WWE earlier this year with her Eva-lution gimmick, but it went absolutely nowhere.
Keith Lee’s style in the ring clearly never appealed to Vince McMahon, who changed everything that was great about Lee in NXT and transformed him into a Bearcat, whatever that is. His girlfriend Mia Yim was buried in the dead end RETRIBUTION gimmick on the main roster where she was either possessed or had a kayfabe seizure in late 2020 and then never wrestled in 2021.
Ember Moon did well for herself in the old NXT, but WWE Creative had nothing for her on the main roster. She returned to NXT after a career-threatening injury, but the launch of NXT 2.0 demoted her to the level of 205 Live. That looked like a very bad sign for her future with the company.
B-Fab just debuted on the main roster with Hit Row, so her release is a curious one.
Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado were rumored to be unhappy with the way WWE uses them on television, with Metalik reportedly requesting his release not too long ago.
That WWE decided to fire this many wrestlers right after bragging that their current record profit levels are even greater than anticipated sure is despicable, but that’s pure corporate greed for you.