WWE released Luke Harper, Sin Cara and The Ascension this past week in what was WWE’s first batch release for a number of years. Many fans believe that this proves that the company no longer sees All Elite Wrestling as competition and could now lead to many more releases as long as the company doesn’t believe the stars will head to AEW or that they wouldn’t add anything to the company if they made the switch.
Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda recently discussed the releases on the Dropkick DiSKussions where he pointed out that he believed that many stars were not taking this as an opportunity to request their release since WWE was now open to releasing stars who they didn’t feel were valuable.
“From what I can tell, there are a small number of people who are now looking at this as an opportunity to potentially get released, but when it comes to things like this, we’ll have to wait and see.”
“There are a number of people that the WWE will not let go and there are a number of people who they won’t let go because they are too valuable, whereas at the moment the people who were released were considered not valuable enough. So I think people who feel themselves that they are not too valued or do not feel valuable will be looking at this as an opportunity, and that’s the information that I’ve been getting,” he said via Sportskeeda.
It’s interesting to note that many fans believed that Mike and Maria Kanellis would be released last week after Mike publicly requested his release on Social Media, but they were not amongst the stars who departed WWE. WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley believes that it is because WWE want to get their money out of them after they recently signed a five-year deal, which could be the case for many other stars in the company.