This past Friday, WWE fired over a dozen employees in what was rather a shocking move since the companywide employee cuts in April.
RingsideNews reports that SmackDown ring announcer Tony Chimel and Director of Venue Merchandise and Remote Operations, Derek Casselman were released by WWE as Vince McMahon “continues to cut costs to maximize the booked profits.”
Chimel was popular for the incredible way he announced Edge and Christian to the ring, most specifically the “Rated R Superstar.” As for Casselman, he had been with WWE since the early ’90s.
The venue merchandising department primarily saw the employee cuts as WWE isn’t doing live events anymore and, as a result, no fans or audience are there to buy merchandise at those live venues.
According to PWInsider, around ten to fifteen people lost their jobs last Friday. “Mostly logistical and behind the scenes” employees were released.
“There have been additional staff let go from World Wrestling Entertainment on Friday, mostly logistical and behind the scenes staff working out of Stamford, CT. One source believed it was 10-15 staffers in total.”
Super Luchas reports that Jerry Soto, a member of the Spanish commentary team was also released by WWE last week. Soto was furloughed on April 15th and the former commentator has himself confirmed in a message that he is no longer with WWE.
“Hi. Officially I don’t have a job. I take a little of your time to tell you that I have been on temporary layoff (furlough) since April. Now, the time has come to get another job, preferably acting. I write it here so that you have me in mind with employment opportunities. Thanks for your time. “It is not the end, but another beginning. If you’ve lost your job too, patience, joy and strength, and everyone, a sanitized hug!”