BREAKING: Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Peyton Royce and Many WWE Superstars Released

Published 04/15/2021, 3:28 PM EDT


WWE has released several Superstars during the pandemic. Some made headlines, others didn’t. However, now the limelight is on Mickie James, Billie Kay and Samoa Joe as WWE announced releasing them from their contracts, effective immediately.

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WWE released a statement announcing that they have released the Superstars.

Apart from Billie Kay and Mickie James, other Superstars such as Samoa Joe, Kallisto, Tucker, and others have been released as well.

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“WWE has come to terms on a release of Billie Kay, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker and Wesley Blake as of today April 15, 2021. We wish Billie, Mickie, Chelsea, Tucker and Wesley the best in all of their future endeavors.”

The last appearances by Mickie James and Billie Kay

Mickie James has been a huge part of Women’s Wrestling in WWE. She is a former six time Women’s champion and has been crucial in paving the path for the development of Women’s Wrestling. However, the company used her several times to put over other talent.

The last time the WWE Universe witnessed Mickie James was at the NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver kickoff show. This was quite a while after she had last wrestled inside the ring.

Her appearance as a commentator on NXT pushed the idea that she’ll be making it more of a permanent career at WWE among the fans. However, now that WWE has released her, it’s hard to predict if she will return to the company in any capacity.

Coming to Billie Kay, it’s a tremendous shock. Fans recently saw her in segments prior to WrestleMania 37 where she was teaming up with Carmella to take part in the Tag Team Turmoil Match.

Not only that, but at WrestleMania 35, Billie Kay had secured the Women’s tag team titles alongside Peyton Royce. Even though The IIconics were split, Kay received much recognition for her skills and gimmick.

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Why is WWE releasing Superstars?

It’s possible that WWE is releasing Superstars as a cost-cutting measure. Even though the company has been making profits, it is still implementing such measures.

In fact, the latest news on the salaries of Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H has been quite phenomenal.

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There’s a chance the company might go ahead and release other Superstars in the near future. However, as of this moment, it’s a developing story.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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