The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on businesses all over the world and even though WWE has found a way to continue producing content by being given the green light by Florida and being called “Essential Media” the company has still lost a lot of income over the past few months.
Earlier today as part of their earnings call, Vince McMahon announced that the company would be forced to make cuts across the board in order to make their budget once again, it appears that they have wasted little time in coming to terms with the release of a number of stars.
WWE Tweeted out that Karl Anderson, Lio Rush, Drake Maverick, Curt Hawkins, Heath Slater, Eric Young, Luke Gallows and EC3 are the first names to have been released from the company which comes just days after Drake was announced as a competitor in the upcoming Interim Cruiserweight Championship tournament.
Lio Rush was recently rumored to be re-joining Bobby Lashley on Monday Night Raw as The Almighty continued to have problems alongside his new wife Lana, but now it appears that this plan is completely off the table.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were recently part of WrestleMania where they attempted to help AJ Styles defeat The Undertaker.
The likes of Eric Young and EC3 have been wasted throughout their time in WWE, while Curt Hawkins’ defeated streak was something that kept fans guessing for almost a year until last year’s WrestleMania when he and Zack Ryder won the Tag Team Championships. Hawkins and Ryder haven’t been used on WWE TV a lot since and like many other names on the list they could be considered enhancement talent, which is why WWE now considered them to be surplus to requirements.
Releases are expected to continue in the coming days across the board in WWE and as ever WrestlingWorld will bring all the breaking news here first.