2. T. J. PERKINS: NJPW

The first-ever Cruiserweight Champion and the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic Winner, TJP (Theodore James Perkins) had an uneventful run with the WWE. His stay in the 205 Live roster wasn’t much memorable and WWE released him from his contract earlier this year (February 2019).

TJP returned to Impact after his release, and also wrestled in several independent promotions. He also took part in NJPW’s Super J Cup, losing to eventual winner El Phantasmo in the second round.

1. DEAN AMBROSE: AEW

Arguably the biggest name in this list and the most recent departure, Dean Ambrose’s exit from the company was equal parts shocking and surprising. Ambrose’s WWE contract ended in April, and he chose to not resign with the company. He went on to criticize WWE’s booking system on several occasions and signed with All Elite Wrestling.

He has also signed a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling held the NJPW US Championship for several months. Ambrose missed AEW All Out with an injury, but has since returned to the company as Jon Moxley and resumed hostilities with Kenny Omega.