WWE Rumors: Shocking Details on Recently Released Superstars including Keith Lee, Karrion Kross

Published 11/07/2021, 8:32 AM EST


WWE shocked its fans yet again, as the seemingly unstoppable ‘budget cuts’ took 18 superstars away from their WWE contracts. However, it seems like WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had things planned for some superstars before eventually releasing them this week.

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As per Fightful Select, WWE had plans for several superstars, however, certain events transpired and the superstars were released instead.

Among the 18 superstars, were former WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, former NXT Champions, Karrion Kross, and Keith Lee. However, Fightful revealed that the company had major plans for Kross and Lee before releasing them.

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Fightful Select revealed that WWE had plans for Katrina Cortez, Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, Scarlett, and Mia Yim. Now, we know that Vince McMahon absolutely loved the character of Keith Lee.

WWE creative team was behind these superstars

Lee won his first-ever match on the main roster against ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton on the Payback PPV in 2020. However, several injuries and health issues restricted Lee from reaching his full potential.

Eventually, when Lee resurfaced, the creative team got behind the former NXT Champion and repackaged him as Keith ‘Bearcat’ Lee as a heel.

However, Keith later confessed that he was not the one with the ‘bearcat’ idea. Instead, it was the creative team who came up with that idea.

Whereas, with the NXT pair of Kross and Scarlett, the company was looking at Scarlett as a wrestler on her own as part of either Raw or SmackDown, but then she was “sidelined” and she never appeared on TV.

However, it was Kross who had more heat backstage with officials and was not satisfied with the way the creative team was repackaging him on the main roster.

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Cortez was drafted from NXT to team up with Sin Cara in 2019, but after Sin Cara asked for his release, Cortez was left sidelined and she never made it on the television.

Mia Yim, who was a big hit on NXT, was called upon the main roster as part of the faction, called Retribution. However, after Retribution broke up, Yim was hung high and dry in the mix.

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These recent firings have sure stored some discomfort in the current roster and things look rocky for the current superstars, However, with such a profitable quarter, Vince McMahon might bring in some new talents.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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