On Wednesday, WWE released over 30 employees.
The group consisted of on-air talent and behind the scenes coaches and producers, which consisted of former wrestlers.
It was a tough time for everyone who got released, and their co-workers immediately spoke out about their heartbreak over seeing their friends get fired.
The WWE releases came as news broke that Vince McMahon’s other venture XFL had filed for bankruptcy.
With the company needing to make budget cuts, they cut a majority of their roster.
WWE’s decision to release the wrestlers during the coronavirus panedmic has been met with criticism. Many felt it was wrong to fire the workers when many other wrestling promotions are shut down, and the athletes can’t work.
Things are looking grim for WWE wrestlers and it may get worse because more releases could be on the way.
There’s lots of wrestlers who could be getting the dreaded phone call.
BREAKING: WWE has come to terms on the release of Drake Maverick (James Curtin), Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers), Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra), EC3 (Michael Hutter) and Lio Rush (Lionel Green). We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. https://t.co/cX449nNSLU
— WWE (@WWE) April 15, 2020
Former bodybuilder/fitness model Dana Brooke signed with WWE in 2013.
Early in her wrestling career, she served as a henchwoman for the other female talent.
In NXT, she partnered with Emma. Then when Dana was called up to the main roster, she was bodyguard for RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
After her alliance with Charlotte ended, Dana tried to break out into a singles career, but had no luck.
Dana has the potential to be a big star in the women’s division, and had the support of fans. Yet, WWE never gave her a proper push.
When it comes to talent who could be released next, Curtis Axel’s name is on the list.
Axel is the son of the late WWE star “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. Like many other wrestling kids, he followed in his father’s footsteps and WWE took interest in him.
Axel’s WWE career started out red-hot as he was a member of The Nexus, a group of newcomers ready to stake their claims as the new stars of the company.
However, once the group disbanded and Axel branched out to a singles career.
There were plenty of ups and downs in the later years, and with Axel not featured much on television, many feel his WWE days are numbered.
Ember Moon is just one of the many NXT stars whose momentum slowed down upon being called up to the main roster.
The former NXT Women’s Champion had a red-hot career going in the yellow brand.
It looked like things were going quite well for Moon. She was receiving a mini push and at the 2019 SummerSlam PPV she challenged Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Moon was unsuccessful in winning the title, and a few weeks after the match, she suffered an ankle injury.
Moon is currently out of action and doesn’t know when she can return to the ring.
Her injury could affect her future with the company, and in the past WWE has fired wrestlers while they were out with an injury.
Robert Roode aka Bobby Roode was a popular in Impact Wrestling, one of WWE’s competitors.
When Roode left Impact in 2016, WWE quickly snatched him up.
He spent a year in WWE’s developmental territory NXT, where he would become the top champion after defeating Shinsuke Nakamura.
However, Roode would suffer the main roster curse after he was called up in August 2017.
Roode would be a victim of bad booking from the company. WWE changed his name to Robert and paired him with Dolph Ziggler.
The more changes they made to the wrestler, the more damage they did to Roode’s career.
With Roode being treated like a jobber, it’s likely that could be one of the talents to be axed next.