The WWE budget cutting axe fell on NXT last night (Fri., Aug. 6). All told, we learned of 13 people based at the Performance Center in Orlando who lost their jobs.
There are a lot of questions about what WWE moving out of talent-hoarding mode means for the future of the black-and-gold brand, and the industry at large. We’ll have plenty of time to debate & discuss possible answers to those.
It’s always good to remember there are human beings attached to these decisions. Here’s what some of them have had to share after learning they’re free to start taking independent bookings in early September (most NXT contracts have 30 day non-competes).
We shared Bronson Reed’s tweet already. Meanwhile, Jake Atlas is quoting Lady Gaga:
“I’ve always been famous. It’s just no one knew it yet.” ✨— (@JakeAtlas_) August 7, 2021
Kona Reeves and Desmond Troy have both been in WWE’s developmental system for several years, and both were gracious with their goodbyes:
Life is tough, but it’s about time I got some adversity to see what I’m made of. What a way to start the weekend. Thank you @TripleH and @WWENXT for the opportunity. There’s power in the name and with a name like Denzel Dejournette I can’t and won’t lose! ✌— Denzel Dejournette (@DesmondTroyWWE) August 7, 2021
Anthony Henry & Alex Zayne were barely with WWE long enough to get a trademarked name. They’re not burning bridges, but they weren’t saying “thanks” either.
I'll have a lot to say, when I'm ready to say it, but now is not the time.— Asher Hale (FKA Anthony Henry) (@AsherhaleWWE) August 7, 2021
Alex Zayne > Ari Sterling— Alex Zayne (@AriSterlingWWE) August 7, 2021
Join us in wishing these five men and everyone who lost their jobs yesterday the best.