WWE Releases Mojo Rawley and 9 Other Major Superstars

Published 04/16/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


WWE released a string of Superstars in 2020 as a result of budget cuts during the pandemic. Most believed that was going to be the last time the company released Superstars in bulk. However, WWE is yet again releasing several Superstars at the same time. One of them is Mojo Rawley.

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In a recent tweet, the company announced that it has released Rawley from his contract.

The last appearance by Mojo Rawley

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Mojo Rawley joined the company in 2012. He was called for the WWE main roster draft in 2016. The last time he wrestled was on June 15th, 2020. He lost to Shorty G and hasn’t been in the ring since.

During his run with WWE, Rawley had secured the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale Trophy. Apart from that, he played an important role in Gronkowski’s part in WrestleMania 36.

Rawley introduced his television debut as well as lost the 24/7 Championship title at the event.

As of now, he hasn’t made any comments about his release.

Other releases which shocked the WWE Universe

Prior to Rawley, the company released Superstars such as Mickie James, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Samoa Joe, and others.

The release of Billie Kay was rather confusing considering she appeared on TV for segments prior to WrestleMania 37. She teamed up with Carmella for the Tag Team Turmoil Match.

Fans believed her storyline would progress from that point onwards, but it took a grave turn!

Even the release of Mickie James, Samoa Joe, and Peyton Royce were an immense shock to the WWE Universe.

WWE might be implementing cost-cutting measures

As of now, there’s no comment about why the company is releasing Superstars in bulk. It’s possible the objective is to clear out the main roster before pushing the current NXT Superstars to the main roster.

On top of that, the company’s next shareholders’ meeting is upcoming. Therefore, another reason for these mass releases is freeing up expenses to increase profits. Otherwise, the company has reported making profits even during the pandemic, and it released the overall salaries for 2020 and 2021 too. The numbers did not hint at the company making a loss.

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Furthermore, the revenue should increase considering WWE has finally started letting fans watch the episodes as a live audience.

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It’s not known if the releases are done or if there will be further releases.

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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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