WWE Releases 14 Superstars Including Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Tony Nese and More

Published 06/25/2021, 9:33 PM EDT


After widespread speculations, WWE has again made several releases. This is the third time within a few months that WWE has released Superstars to facilitate budget cuts.

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This time, the company let go of twelve Superstars. As per reports, the company has released Tino Sabbatelli, Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese, NXT Tag Team Ever-Rise, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, August Grey, The Bollywood Boyz, Marina Shafir, Curt Stallion, Killian Dain, and Arturo Ruas.

All the Superstars released on June 25th, 2021 are either fairly new signees or NXT Superstars. Almost all of them took to social media to express their feelings following their release.

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WWE released Samoa Joe, Chelsea Green, The IIconics, Mickie James, Mojo Rawley, Bo Dallas, and Tucker in April 2021. The WWE Universe was shocked to learn that WWE released key talents like Samoa Joe and The IIconics, considering all three Superstars were actively working with the company.

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Following Joe’s release, Corey Graves moved to Raw from SmackDown as a replacement for Joe at the announcer’s table. The management hired Pat McAfee as a replacement for Corey Graves on SmackDown. However, the ‘Samoan Submission Machine’ returned to NXT as a special enforcer for William Regal.

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In the second wave of releases, the company let go Aleister Black, Braun Strowman, Santana Garrett, Ruby Riott, Buddy Murphy, and Lana. Almost all of the releases in this wave shocked the WWE Universe, especially Braun Strowman and Aleister Black.

Strowman was in a triple threat match against Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship prior to his release. On the other hand, Aleister Black had just returned to WWE with an improved physique when the company released him.

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After it released Superstars for the first time, it was reported the company wouldn’t release any more talents in the near future. Unfortunately, that wasn’t true, and the company has continued releasing Superstars.

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The company has constantly provided budgetary constraints as a reason for the releases. However, with it reporting profits and the officials drawing a heavy salary, that’s a controversial statement.

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However, it seems the company needs to save as many funds as possible considering their upcoming plans.

First, it is resuming tours. The company has already announced its 25-city summer tour.

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Second, it’s planning a huge main event for SummerSlam 2021. The idea is to have Roman Reigns vs. John Cena for the main event. For this, the company will need to make enormous expenses.

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Finally, fans will return to live events. This means an additional expenditure on the company’s part for ensuring safety protocols. All in all, the next few months will be bitter-sweet for the members of the WWE Universe.

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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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