In a surprising move, Dana Warrior, wife of the late Ultimate Warrior, was let go from her position in WWE.
As of September 12th, WWE has officially merged with UFC under parent company Endeavor to form TKO Group Holdings. The takeover was met with great fanfare at the New York Stock Exchange and has resulted in massive earnings for Nick Khan, Triple H, and other WWE executives.
However, that same joy isn’t being felt by many former employees who now find themselves out of work. Ahead of the merger, it was reported that employees were “gritting their teeth” and “very scared” as mass layoffs were expected.
Sure enough, Nick Khan sent an email to staff instructing them to work remotely on September 15th as “work force reductions” were to begin in earnest.
High-level executives were not immune from the company-wide cuts. Immediately following the Endeavor takeover, it was announced that Chief Financial Officer and former President Frank Riddick III would be leaving. Jamie Horowitz, who was WWE’s Executive Vice President of Development and Digital, is also gone from the company.
Now, a report from PWInsider reveals the somewhat surprising news that Dana Warrior, wife of the late Ultimate Warrior is among those released from WWE today.
How Long Did Dana Warrior Work For WWE?
Dana Warrior’s association with WWE began after her husband shocking passed away in 2014, just days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Dana presented the first Warrior Award at the following year’s Hall of Fame ceremony and became an ambassador for the company.
Warrior later joined WWE’s creative team, but left that role in 2022 in order to focus on the company’s community outreach department. She was working in this area until her release on September 15th.
PWInsider notes that her release from the company is seen as surprising due to her husband’s legacy and her strong connection with the company following his passing.