“NXT Releases Absolutely Hurt”: WWE Fans and Talent Heartbroken After Ten Shocking Firings, Including Gen Z Brock Lesnar

Published 04/30/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

WWE released multiple superstars who were on the main roster as a part of budget cuts. Fans hoped many of them to be the next big draw on the major two brands however, that didn’t happen and they all were let go by WWE.

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Surprisingly, this time, WWE switched to the third brand to release a few superstars. The company announced the release of 10 NXT superstars on Friday, some of who were present on current storylines on a weekly show.

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As per Sean Ross Sapp, the following names of the WWE superstars who were released from the current NXT program are Dexter Lumis, Malcolm Bivens, Dakota Kai, Harland, Persia Pirotta, Raelyn Divine, Draco Anthony, Vish Kanya, Mila Malani, and Blair Baldwin.

It came as a shock to many people in WWE Universe after watching certain names like Dexter Lumis, Dakota Kai, and Harland get released. WWE depicted Harland as the next potential big superstar way before his debut on the third WWE brand. 

There were two names on the list who were yet to make their debut on NXT weekly show. The names are Vish Kanya and Mila Malani, who were training at the performance center and were expected to make their debut soon on the roster.

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Multiple WWE current and ex-superstars and wrestling fans shared reactions to the current releases by the company. 

WWE Superstar reacts NXT releases

It saddened WWE superstars after this news broke out. It shocked most of them to see Dakota Kai’s name in the list.

Io Shirai reacted to the news. Shirai does not post tweets regularly, but this news got her to open her Twitter to share her reaction.

Former NXT commentator and the Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix was shocked at Dakota Kai’s release and also praised her in her tweet. She said, “.@DakotaKai_WWE is a leader and an outstanding talent. One of my favorite woman wrestlers and a lovely human being.”

Rhea Ripley shared her reaction to Dakota Kai

Raquel Rodriguez also shared her reaction. She and Dakota Kai were a tag team and won the NXT Women’s tag team titles on two occasions with one Dusty Rhodes Tag Team classic cup victory.

She also shared her reactions to Persia Pirotta’s release, saying, “Persia is a powerhouse gem! 💪🏼💎”

Shayna Baszler said, “.@DakotaKai_WWE is far & away one of the best wrestlers I have ever been in the ring with. And the gap is large…..now watch it grow. #KingKota”

The former WWE superstar, Killer Kross, also reacted, “See you soon Sam. #SamShawSamShawSamShaw 🔪.”

Fans also reacted to the releases of the NXT Superstars

This fan said, “Those WWE releases have been feeling unexpected, random and often nonsensical for much too long now.”

Stephen said, “I feel like some of the recent NXT releases are the result of Triple H not being able to protect some of the best new and rising talents around. #WWE #WWENXT. Dakota Kai is one of the best in wrestling period.”

Harland’s release surprised Owen. He said, “Some of the releases were surprising and some weren’t. Malcolm Bivens and Dakota Kai, apparently, were choosing not to re-sign with WWE, so, their departure seemed mutual. Harland was a bit surprising.”

This fan said, “Absolutely speechless, what a terrible day. Not only did #LegendsOfTomorrow get cancelled, but all the #NXT releases absolutely hurt especially @DakotaKai_WWE 😭.”

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This fan said, “There has never been any logical reasons behind most of WWE’s releases, I’m confident they just pick random names of people that aren’t main eventing.”

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It was shocking news that came for the WWE Universe and the current superstars of the company. Everyone said these NXT superstars were to be the next major stars on the main roster. However, they weren’t given an opportunity as their names landed on the sheet for superstar release.

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Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.

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