Is WWE Trying to Remove Its Officials in a Major In-House Clearance?

Published 04/24/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 09: WWE Championship Belt presented during the Beyond Sport United 2016 at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)


Over the last few days, there has been a lot of sound behind the curtains for WWE, with the company releasing employees en masse.

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Mickie James caused a tremendous uproar yesterday when she shared the picture of a trash bag containing her belongings sent to her by WWE following her release from contract. This humiliation did not fall kindly on the people responsible. 

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WWE CBO Stephanie McMahon and COO Triple H immediately apologized to James and assured fans that the person responsible for this behavior was fired from the company. 

Following this entire debacle, Fightful Select reported that one Mark Carrano was the man fired from WWE and that he was the man responsible for this mess.

Furthermore, former WWE Superstars Gail Kim and Darren Young took to Twitter to call Carrano out, revealing that they too received demeaning treatment from him following their exits. 

In subsequent posts on Twitter, former stars Jillian Hall and Maria Kanellis confirmed that they too had received their belongings in trash bags post-release but chose not to make a big issue out of the entire thing.

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WWE has decided to rescind the decision to fire John Cone

Later, it was reported that John Cone from WWE’s Public Relations Department was also relieved of his duties. However, it is unknown whether this decision was a direct or indirect result of the Mickie James controversy or not. 

Cone was a referee in the ring earlier but performed his duties in the PR department in recent times. WWE legend Mick Foley immediately defended Cone after receiving the news and mentioned that WWE should consider changing their minds on him. 

A few hours later, PWInsider learned that the decision to fire Cone was rescinded, and he was handed the role of Senior Manager of talent relations and reports to John Laurinaitis. 

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WrestleVotes confirmed that there was a huge in-house clearing underway in WWE earlier, but we do not have more names as of now. If the company has let go of more personnel, it has kept the decision under the covers.  

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We probably won’t know the names unless they issue statements on Twitter, but until then, we will have to see if WWE issues an official statement. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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