Among those released are twenty-two wrestlers, ten producers, three coaches and six other talented or creative members. Here is an overview of those that have been published, along with general information about each.
Rusev signed a development contract with WWE in 2010 and began training at the Florida Championship Wrestling. Rusev struggled NXT until 2014 when he made his debut on this year’s main list Royal rumble meet. Rusev has been with the crowd several times, most notably during his run as part of the Rusev Day team with his wife Lana and Aiden English. Rusev would have been frustrated with the company a long time ago, so his release is not a surprise. Rusev spoke to The sun where he revealed that he took his career up and down in stride.
“No matter the scenarios or things like that,” said Rusev. “One day you tank but the next day you only play dark Main Event matches, so it’s a big wave, you just have to ride the wave and do your best with whatever is given to you . You have to enjoy everything you do, and you have to control what you can control because some things you can’t, and there’s no point in being crazy, so everything I can control, I do, and if not, I just have fun with it. ”
Rusev recently participated in a story with Lana and Bobby Lashley, where Lana left him for Lashley. Lashley dominated the quarrel. Rusev’s last game with the company was in February on RAW, where he teamed up with Humberto Carrillo in a losing effort against Lashley & Angel Garza. Rusev commented on his release on Instagram, writing, “Life is life. God is big. I’m fine. He also tweeted:
Thank you all, Rusev!
– Miro (@RusevBUL) April 15, 2020
Kurt Angle went behind the scenes as a producer after his retirement match with Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 last year, a game that Angle lost. While the other producers were on leave, Angle was on contract and released. Angle was a prominent star during his time with WWE and TNA. Although Angle is considered one of the greatest competitors in the ring of all time, he told Wrestling Inc. that he had to beg Vince McMahon to let him fight in his last race with the company.
“Do you understand what he did? He brought me back and made me settle in without doing anything physical, “said Angle. “He continued to test me to make sure I stayed clean. In the end, he made me struggle, but at that time my body was arthritic. “
Angle thanked WWE for the time it spent on its last run, as shown below.
I wanted to thank WWE for the time I spent there, I made many new friends and I had the opportunity to work with so many talented people. For Superstars, keep the WWE universe entertained as best as possible. They are the best fans in the world. #That is true
– Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 15, 2020
Ryder progressed through the WWE development system with Hawkins and made his main list debut with him in 2007. He became a singles wrestler on the ECW brand in 2009. Ryder grew up in 2011 with the using his internet show, “Z! True Long Island Story “and the misuse of the superstar by WWE. WWE failed to capitalize on its popularity with the crowd and buried Ryder soon after.
Aside from brief periods of false dawn for Ryder, his time in WWE was spent with a lower level jobber in the ranks of singles and tag teams. Despite all of this, Ryder is an Intercontinental and American champion once and twice a WWE team champion. His intercontinental championship victory came before the largest WWE crowd in history at WrestleMania 32 at Cowboys Stadium. Ryder tweeted that he was looking at a photo of a painting of the match when it came out, as shown below:
The only thing I wanted to do in life was the fight. I am grateful to have spent 14 years living my dream at WWE. Thank you to my fans and everyone who believed in me. When I was released, I was looking at this photo with a smile. I am #AlwayzReady and beyond excited about the future. #Not here pic.twitter.com/uKRVK7FboI
– Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) April 15, 2020
You can buy Ryder’s new “Not There” t-shirt at Pro Wrestling Tees by clicking here.
Rowan’s release was somewhat surprising as he had been pushed recently. He won a singles victory against Roman Reigns in the WWE Clash of Champions pay-per-view last September.
Rowan debuted as Erick Rowan as a member of the Wyatt family alongside Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt on NXT late 2012. Rowan won the NXT Tag Team Championships with Harper once, and would arrive on the main list with the group in the summer of 2013. He found his greatest success by teaming with Harper as the Bludgeon Brothers, winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championships twice . He also participated in the shortest match WrestleMania the story against The Rock at WrestleMania 32, losing in just six seconds.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Karl Anderson signed with WWE in 2016 after eight years at New Japan Pro Wrestling as an original member of the Bullet Club. In WWE, he teamed up with Luke Gallows as The Good Brothers, winning the Raw Tag Team Championship twice as well as the Tag Team World Cup. He was a member of the O.C. with Gallows and A.J. Styles since 2019. He and Gallows experienced startup thrusts during their run as a tag team, and were treated like Styles’ goons when associated with him.
Gallows has a long history with the company, dating back to their Deep South Wrestling development territory in the mid-2000s. He had several gadgets in his first run in the business, including Imposter Kane and Festus. His first run lasted from 2005 to 2010. He returned to the company with Anderson in the spring of 2016 after stays with NJPW and TNA Wrestling and is twice team champion with Anderson.
The team signed new five-year agreements with WWE last summer. Unlike most recent releases, they have been highlighted on television. They recently participated in the “Match Boneyard” at WrestleMania 36 between Styles and The Undertaker earlier this month.
Sarah Logan had struggled as recently as last Monday in RAW, where she lost a one-sided match against Shayna Baszler.
Logan signed with WWE in late 2016 and was sent to NXT. She participated in the first Mae Young Classic against Mia Yim in the first round. She was called with Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott in November 2017 under the name of The Riott Squad. The Riott Squad has never been treated seriously as a threat and the group was quietly disbanded during the reshuffle of the 2019 superstar. Logan waded as a single competitor, competing mainly on Main event and appearing in multi-women matches such as the Disposal chamber and the Royal rumble to fill in the numbers. Despite having a Viking gadget and being married to Erik of The Viking Raiders, she was never paired with the team.
EC3 returned to NXT at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia in 2018. He was known as Derrick Bateman in his first race with the WWE development brand before he became what fans know today. He had a memorable quarrel with The Velveteen Dream in NXT and participated in the famous NXT North American Championship Match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans before making his debut in the lineup in early 2019, where he won the championship 24/7 four times. After failing to be acclaimed in a match with a Jon Moxley at the start, f.k.a. Dean Ambrose, EC3 has been pushed aside and rarely featured on television.
“They opposed me to EC3, starting out with NXT,” said Moxley Talk Is Jericho Last year. “Great talent, great friend of mine. Excited to work with him. They entered EC3 like a babyface, defeating me in two minutes. … The crowd doesn’t like it, because it’s transparent what’s going on and it’s not one – it’s not good for EC3, because now it’s going to have the backlash. “
EC3 posted the following video after his release showing that he was training with Drake Maverick, stating that he was not a victim.
I will not copy or paste a motivation quote. ?
I will not be proclaiming an uncertain future, not only for an industry, but for a planet as a whole. ?
I am not a victim. I am not the first, I will not be the last. ?
– essential character III (@ therealec3) April 16, 2020
Drake Maverick debuted in January 2018 as Managing Director of 205 Live and launched a Cruiserweight Championship tournament when it started with the brand. He managed AOP to a Raw Tag Team Championship reign and was a constant figure on the 24/7 championship scene, running on the gadget he needed the title to have sex with his wife. Maverick has won the championship 24/7 six times, although he has never consumed his marriage.
Maverick posted the emotional video below after his release and noted that WWE allowed him to participate in the tournament to crown another interim WWE NXT Champion Cruiserweight, which started last night.
– Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) April 15, 2020
Curt Hawkins first started on the main list as a member of the Major Brothers tag team with Zack Ryder, then known as Brian Majors and Brett Majors respectively. They joined La Familia with Edge at the end of 2007. After the end of his partnership with Ryder, he had failed in the tag teams with Vance Archer and Tyler Reks before its release in 2014. He returned to the company in 2016 after the second split of the brand where he was mainly a jobber. He joined Zack Ryder in 2019 and partnered with him until their departure, marking an unlikely reign of the team title in the process. He is twice team champion with Ryder.
Hawkins responded to the post with the tweet below, writing that “many very talented people have lost their jobs today and from this disaster the PRO WRESTLING community will grow stronger than ever!” “
The last time I was fired, I had a really funny tweet in response. Doesn’t seem really appropriate to me today. I will say this, many very talented people have lost their jobs today and as a result of this disaster, the PRO WRESTLING community will grow stronger than ever! ????
– Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) April 15, 2020
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Mike and Maria Kanellis
Maria and Mike Kanellis, f.k.a. Mike Bennett, signed with WWE in the spring of 2017. They debuted at Money in the bank in 2017.
Maria previously worked for WWE, making her debut with the company in the “Diva Search” competition. She finished fifth in the competition, but still signed a development contract because the company saw its potential. She started wrestling on RAW in 2005 and was released from WWE for the first time in 2010.
Mike never gained traction on RAW or SmackDown after his debut, although he began to build wrestling momentum on the 205 Live mark and engage in a quarrel with Drake Maverick. He was candid about his addiction and recovery issues during his time at WWE.
Mike and his wife Maria signed new contracts with WWE last June, but they have been used sparingly. Mike requested his release from the business a few months later, in October. The couple just had their second baby 9 weeks ago. Maria asked Twitter to comment on the time of release, as noted below, and wrote, “Yes, I just had a baby 9 weeks ago, yes, my husband was released, yes I was a debtor in a WWE ledger that doesn’t exist, during a recession and a pandemic, isn’t life fair? You are absolutely right! This is not the case. Whatever. Layers to change. And milk to buy. ”
Yes I just had a baby 9 weeks ago, yes my husband was released, yes I was a debtor in a WWE ledger that no longer exists during a recession and a pandemic, isn’t life fair? You are really right! It is not. It still doesn’t matter. Diapers to change. And milk to buy. #milkmoney pic.twitter.com/sC4SkAUXsP
– MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) April 16, 2020
Heath Slater was a member of NXT’s first season and member of the original Nexus. Slater spent most of his time as a member of a stable or tag team. Some of his notable teams and teams include The Corre, 3MB, Slater Gator and more specifically, The Nexus. In a conversation with Wrestling Inc. in 2017, Slater recalled that the group thought they were going to be fired when they were called into Vince McMahon’s office before their infamous debut.
“We all thought we were going to be fired,” said Slater. He said that once McMahon explained to them what they would do, they were all excited and they had a lot of fun from this television perspective. It was also a great way for them to immediately generate heat for their team.
“You talk about one of these things, we got there and waited without knowing what was going on. We were blinded until we went to Vince McMahon’s office and he pretty much told us that we were going to be a stable, all of us, and we are a young talent who will just go there and all destroy, “said Slater. “We all looked at each other what the hell is he talking about right now?” He said he wanted us to destroy everyone in the ring, destroy the ring and everything. Almost in there, a bomb had exploded, and we were there. We went there and beat everyone’s hell; including advertisers and referees and those we saw, and we had fun doing it. We had so much fun doing it, and my God it hated us. You had your rebellious crowds were they loved the bad guys, but my God, I was getting food and treats, it was like, man, they hated us. “
Slater has won the WWE Team Championship with Justin Gabriel three times and was the first SmackDown Team Team Champion with Rhyno.
No question Jose
No Way Jose was signed with a development contract in April 2015. The vignettes started to be distributed in April 2016, honoring the beginnings of Jose le NXT. Jose didn’t get a lot of marks with the NXT brand, even if he was on TV and had quarrels with people like Austin Aries and SAnitY. He moved to RAW the night after WrestleMania 34 and became a talent for improvement for the rest of his time with WWE, his only title pursuit being the literal pursuit of the 24/7 champion during these disjoint segments.
Veteran Eric Young was brought in NXT at the head of the SAnitY team in 2016 after a 12-year career with TNA / IMPACT Wrestling. Young won the NXT Tag Team Championships with Alexander Wolfe and held the titles for 123 days. SAnitY, minus Nikki Cross, was called to SmackDown during the reshuffle of the 2018 superstar. The group never gained traction on the main list and was quietly disbanded. Young’s television appearances were sporadic after that, although he did work behind the scenes as a producer.
Lio Rush signed with WWE in 2017 to play for their NXT and 205 Live brands. He was elevated to the main list in 2018 to be the spokesperson for Bobby Lashley. The duo was split and returned to NXT at the end of 2019 where won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, a title he held for 63 days. Rush was affectionate on Twitter towards his former colleagues.
“To all of my colleagues, whatever happens today or the rest of the week ….. know that we are all going to be good,” Rush wrote. “Once a family, forever a family. #Wrestling. “
To all my colleagues, whatever happens today or the rest of the week … know that we are all going to be good. ???? Once a family, forever a family. #Fight
– Lio (@itsLioRush) April 15, 2020
A member of the legendary Colón family, Primo is the son of Carlos Sr and the brother of Carly, better known as Carlito in WWE. He made his debut with the company in May 2007 and then teamed up with his brother Carlito, unifying the WWE and World Tag Team championships by defeating The Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania XXV. Primo began teaming with Epico in 2011 and continued the partnership with his real cousin until their two outings on Wednesday. Primo is a team champion three times in WWE, twice with Carlito and once with Epico.
Epico is the nephew of Carlos Colón Sr and made his WWE debut on Smack down November 4, 2011, alongside his cousin and Hunico. He endured several team gadgets with Primo, including Los Matadores, where they battled as masked matadors alongside famed mini-wrestler Mascarita Dorada dressed in a bull under the name of El Torito, and The Shining Stars, who were probably two employees of Discover Puerto Rico who thought that wrestling was the best way to attract tourism to the region. He won the team championship once with Primo. The two have been fighting in Puerto Rico with the World Wrestling Council since 2019. He is their current universal heavyweight champion in his first reign.
Deonna Purrazzo first appeared on WWE programming as “Rosebud” in Adam Rose’s party group. Purrazzo has emerged as a sporadically wrestler as an improvement talent on NXT and SmackDown Live from the end of 2015 to 2016. She officially signed on May 31, 2018, where she was going to participate in the second iteration of the Mae Young Classic, losing to Io Shirai in the quarterfinals. She made a few appearances on the main list in 2020, including against the return of Nia Jax on April 6. Leaving WWE was apparently on his mind before his release.
“The people closest to me know that this is something that I have had a hard time wishing for most of the past year,” Purrazzo tweeted in response to his release. “Glad to say that I gave this trip my best and MOST excited for the future! “
The people closest to me know that this is something that I have had a hard time wanting for most of the past year.
Glad to say that I gave this trip my best and MOST excited for the future! ??
– La Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) April 15, 2020
Dan Matha (Dorian Mak)
Dan Matha signed with the company in September 2015, reporting to the Performance Center for further training. Vignettes were released in the weeks leading up to Matha’s supposed TV debut during the October 5, 2016 episode of NXT, but it was ruined by Samoa Joe who destroyed Matha. He spent most of his time fighting NXT house shows, although he made a cameo appearance in the larger Royal rumble Match at the eponymous event. He debuted with a new ring name, Dorian Mak, on a house show last June, but never appeared on TV with the name.
WWE announced the official signing of MJ Jenkins on July 17, 2018. Jenkins participated in the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament, where she was eliminated in the first round by former NXT Female champion Rhea Ripley in the first round. Jenkins spent most of his time on NXT house show circuit. The ongoing pandemic has hit Jenkins hard, as she explained on Twitter.
“Covid-19 has been devastating to me and my family,” wrote Jenkins. ” My brother-in-law; who was my legal guardian died at Covid-19. Covid-19 has stripped me of my dream job today. I feel like life is sucked out of me. Thank you to everyone who reached out. Be safe and stay strong. ”
Covid-19 has been devastating for me and my family. My brother-in-law; who was my legal guardian died at Covid-19.
Today, Covid-19 robbed me of my dream job. I feel like life is sucked in by me.
Thank you to everyone who reached out. Stay safe and stay strong. ??
– MJ Jenkins (@RealMJJenkins_) April 15, 2020
Alyssa Marino joined the NXT marks in January of this year. Marino worked as a wrestler, commentator and behind-the-scenes interviewer of Championship Wrestling From Hollywood as Kathy Campanelli before signing with WWE. She played in NXT as a wrestler, but never on television, working live events.
Aleksandar Jaksic is a young German wrestler who signed a development contract with the promotion in November 2018. Jaksic played semi-professional basketball in Germany during his test in Cologne. Jaksic didn’t have much time to develop in front of a crowd because he only started to fight NXT live shows at the end of 2019.
Producers on leave
Fit Finlay has worked for WWE as a behind-the-scenes producer since he returned to the company in 2012. As a wrestler, Finlay was a tough guy respected by WCW and WWE medium charts whose careers ‘was extended from 1974 to 2012. Finlay has a son, David Finlay, who is a wrestler for NJPW.
Shane Helms was loved as a wrestler in WWE for his superhero gadget The Hurricane, most notably in his feud with The Rock. Helms returned to WWE as a behind the scenes producer in January 2019. He made sporadic appearances on television during his producer time, including trying to win the championship 24/7.
Billy Kidman has worked for WWE as a non-wrestler since 2007, when he was recruited to train developing wrestlers. He was hired as a producer in 2010, where he has been since. Kidman was a decorated wrestler winning WWE and WCW titles. Kidman was also a member of the famous WCW cruiserweight division in the 1990s.
Known as Irwin R. Schyster, or IRS, during his wrestling days, Mike Rotunda has worked behind the scenes of WWE as a road agent since 2008. Rotunda is the father of WWE wrestlers Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. The Rotunda has been a team champion five times in WWE.
Pat Buck spent a short time with WWE. He was hired by the company to work as a behind the scenes producer on August 7, 2019. Buck is a former wrestler and sole owner of the WrestlePro wrestling promotion taking place in the New York and New Jersey area.
Shawn Daivari was hired as a behind the scenes producer in 2018 and has spent the past two years in this role. Daivari was known as Khosrow Daivari, later abbreviated as Daivari, during his wrestling days in WWE. Daivari was part of an angle with his brother, Ariya Daivari, at Greatest royal rumble event in Saudi Arabia.
Scott Armstrong is a backstage arbiter and producer who has had two stays with the company. The first was from 2006 to 2010 and the second was from 2011 until the most recent WWE Cups. Armstrong played in both roles in his second stint, working as a referee in high profile matches such as Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton’s WWE Championship match at Night Of Champions in 2013.
Sarah Stock is a former professional wrestler who has fought for TNA, CMLL and Stardom before joining WWE as a development trainer in 2015. Stock has worked as a trainer in the WWE development system since then. It was part of Tyler Breeze’s entrance to NXT TakeOver: unstoppable Event.
Lance Storm signed with WWE as a producer on November 2, 2019. Storm is a former WWE and WCW champion, and directed the highly acclaimed Storm Wrestling Academy from 2005 to the end of 2019.
Serena Deeb signed with WWE in the spring of 2009. She made her main television debut on SmackDown as part of the short-lived stable CM Punk The Straight Edge Society before her release in August 2010. She returned to the company in 2017 to participate in the first Mae Young Classic, bowing in the second round against Piper Niven. Deeb started working at WWE Performance Center as a trainer in February 2018. Deeb made a statement about her release, saying that she was thankful for her time at WWE.
“I am forever grateful for my time with WWE and the people who lit my life there,” wrote Deeb. “For those of you affected by this, my heart is with you. We all face these challenges together, so continue to spread love and find ways to support and care for each other. Difficult times strengthen our minds and give us the chance to step back and reassess our paths. My heart has always been in professional wrestling and I am excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. Lots of love. “
Kendo Kashin joined the WWE Performance Center as a coach in August 2019. Before becoming a coach, Kashin was a junior wrestler in Japan, winning both the NJPW and All Japan Pro Wrestling titles. Kashin also fought in MMA, setting a 1-5-1 record.
Chris Guy (Ace Steel)
Chris Guy, known as the Ace Steel ring, was hired as a trainer in November 2019. Steel worked for WWE in a wrestling ability in the 2000s, fighting like Donald Trump in the infamous two-gender match against an imitator of Rosie O’Donnell.
Aiden English started his WWE career as a wrestler, going through the development system. He is known for his NXT tag team with Simon Gotch, The Vaudvillains, and as a member of Rusev Day with Lana and Rusev. English is an ancient NXT Tag Team Champion with Gotch. He went on to advertise for 205 Live in 2019. The Englishman remained a commentator for the rest of his time with WWE.
Jerry Soto has worked as an announcer for WWE for the past nine years. Soto tweeted that he had been released.
“I have worked for #WWE for 9 years,” wrote Soto. “I was put on leave today, but people have been suffering everywhere for much longer. Let’s help each other and work to come back stronger. Also, a hug # disinfected for everyone! “
I worked for #WWE for 9 years. I was put on leave today, but people have been suffering everywhere for much longer. Let’s help each other and work to come back stronger. ?????? Also a #disinfectedhug for everyone!
– Jerry Soto (@JerrySotoWWE) April 15, 2020
Mike Chioda’s exit has surprised many since he has been with WWE for 31 years. Chioda began his career as a WWE referee in 1989. He officiated classic games such as The 1-2-3 Kid’s upset victory over Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels’ match against Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. Chioda became the main referee for SmackDown after the brand’s first split. He also spent time as the RAW chief referee, and continued to be one of the most respected WWE officials until his release on Wednesday.
Andrea Listenberger was a WWE writer who started working for the company in December. She worked on the screenplay Otis and Mandy Rose which culminated in the most recent WrestleMania. She wrote on Twitter that she was “glad that the story I worked on resonated with so many people.”
Lots of people let go #WWE today and unfortunately I am one of them. But I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do since I started in December and happy that the story I’ve worked on has resonated with so many people. This is writing for me. #OtisandMandyForever – Andrea Listenberger (@andrea_ml)
Lots of people let go #WWE today and unfortunately I am one of them. But I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do since I started in December and happy that the story I’ve worked on has resonated with so many people. This is writing for me. #OtisandMandyForever
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Other talent on the air
Josiah Williams is best known as the rapper Wrestle & Flow, the name by which he posted remixes of WWE themes on YouTube. In April 2019, Williams joined NXT as an on-air social media host at WWE Performance Center. He accompanied Adam Cole during the latter’s entry into NXT Take control XXV.
Jon Quasto signed with NXT as part of the advertising team in April 2019. He made his debut on 205 Live announce the team as a play-by-play commentator in February this year.