With a large group of wrestlers released by WWE from the NXT brand during Friday Night SmackDown this week, a shockwave ripped through the entirety of the talent locker room. While reacting to the situation on Busted Open Radio, former WWE star Mark Henry, who has left the company and signed with AEW, wonders if more wrestlers won’t start thinking the same now that they don’t seem to have a lot of job security.
Transcription via Wrestling Inc:
“I just saw, somebody said, ‘NXT has just been released by the WWE.’ And I giggled a little bit. It wasn’t a laugh, it was a [giggles]. That shouldn’t be a thing, man. I shouldn’t giggle at that, but the point about it is that there have been so many releases that people are starting to look at, ‘Damn man, the writing’s on the wall. I could be out of here at any time. Maybe I need to focus on job security. Maybe I need to go ahead and take a preemptive strike and not re-sign, and go somewhere else.’
“Japan, Impact, AEW, ROH, MLW. Like, there’s places to go work. Do you want to be a part of something that’s already well-established, or do you want to go somewhere and help make a company better?
“It depends on the talent, but it looks like from an NXT standpoint, nobody’s safe. That’s what it looks like to me after last night.”
The chief concern here is, of course, those who lost their jobs. But there is something to be said about the effect this is having on those who are still at WWE and what this new culture is doing to morale and influencing future decisions related to their career.
This is also a great example of why having legitimate competition is a very good thing.