Braun Strowman was one of six wrestlers released by WWE yesterday. WWE’s decision to cut so many wrestlers and restructure the corporate side over the last two months has many people speculating that the company might be preparing for a big sale.
Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer mentioned one unusual note about yesterday’s releases. All of the wrestlers on the WWE roster were actually sent a text message about the decision. The message was sent by John Laurinaitis, the relatively new head of Talent Relations.
An update from PW Insider includes the full text message below:
“Due to Budget cuts the following talent were released today. Braun Strowman, Lana, Buddy Murphy, Santana Garrett, Ruby Riott, and Aleister Black. - John Laurinaitis”
This is the part where I remind everyone that despite so many businesses suffering terribly during a global pandemic, 2020 was the most profitable year in WWE history. The company projects to attain a similar level of profit in 2021.
Roster cuts can be justified on the basis of a bloated roster, but the idea that WWE is hurting for money is nonsense. An increasing number of wrestlers are fully aware that WWE’s excuse has no merit, so it seems even more insulting that WWE keeps insisting otherwise.