REPORTS: WWE Is Planning to Release More Superstars From the Company

Published 06/11/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


WWE has released several Superstars within the past few months. Now, reports claim that the company isn’t done, and there will be more releases in the coming future.

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According to Andrew Zarian, the company hasn’t made the final releases yet. He has been informed that there will be more, but he doesn’t know exactly when. He said, “I do know that they want to cut back on these contracts and there are more releases. There will be more. I don’t know when, but I was told, ‘yeah this isn’t the final cut.’ So, we’ll see.”

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Nevertheless, if WWE releases more Superstars in the future, it won’t come across as a shock anymore.

WWE released major talents in 2021

The company released many talents in the last couple of months. The first wave of shocking releases came in April when WWE bid adieu to talents such as Mickie James, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce, and Samoa Joe.

When WWE released Joe, he was working as a commentator for WWE Raw. However, after his release, Corey Graves moved from SmackDown to Raw to replace Joe.

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In the next wave of releases, WWE released talents such as Ruby Riott, Aleister Black, Braun Strowman, and others. The WWE Universe was shocked with Strowman and Black’s release. The fans expected, rather wanted, the company to push the talents towards the top. Unfortunately, the literal opposite happened.

Both Black and Strowman have commented about their releases. They are moving on without grudges and are looking forward to the next chapter of their careers.

Why is WWE releasing major talents?

There can be a plethora of reasons why the company is releasing talents. First, the company has to cut down on expenses. Hence, the first way is to let go of Superstars who don’t have any potential storyline in the coming future.

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The exception, in this case, was Braun Strowman. Even though he could have been booked for feuds, his contract was too heavy for the company to bear.

Next, the company needs to ensure they have the budget for the upcoming 25-city tour. Hence, WWE is letting go of Superstars in order to prepare that fund.

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Finally, there are talks of top names such as John Cena returning to WWE when crowds may attend live events. These comebacks, new contracts, and executions will require heavy investment. Moreover, WWE plans to go all-in for SummerSlam 2021, and that means the requirement for a ton of financing.

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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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