It was revealed last night ahead of NXT on the USA Network that budget cuts would be coming for the Developmental brand of WWE after the company released more than 30 on-screen talents yesterday in order to cut their bill and make up the deficit that they have suffered in recent weeks.
The releases came just a day after it was announced that WWE were essential media and that they would be allowed to continue running shows in Florida. It also came just hours after WWE’s earnings call where Vince McMahon warned that budget cuts were coming.
WWE hasn’t had releases in this number in more than six years since they had been looking to minimize the number of stars that they can send directly to their competition.
Ryan Satin revealed that there would be no 90-day non compete clauses attached to the stars who were recently released and NXT stars would be paid for the next 30 days only.
While the company is still yet to officially announce the releases of their NXT stars, there is a rumored list that includes Serena Deeb who worked as a trainer in WWE’s Performance Center and Kendo Kashin who only signed a deal with WWE back in 2019.
Deonna Purrazzo revealed that she had been released on Twitter just weeks after wrestling on Monday Night Raw, while the likes of Aleksandar Jaksic, Dan Matha, Josiah Williams, MJ Jenkins, and fellow Performance Center coach Ace Steel are all the names that have been leaked so far.
There is also a rumor that former NXT star Kassius Ohno could have been given the call since his profile has recently been moved over to the alumni section of WWE.com.
As noted, many of these releases are yet to be confirmed by WWE, but the company has warned that there are more to come as hundreds of cuts across the company are set to take place in the coming days.