Multiple female NXT Superstars are reportedly apprehensive about their future booking as speculation surrounding the black and gold brand continues to mount.
On August 6th, 12 NXT talents were released from their WWE contracts including former NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, and Mercedes Martinez. WWE has been cutting numbers on their roster significantly with many of the mass releases being put down to budget cuts within the company. In 2021 alone, WWE have released more than 40 Superstars across all major brands.
A new report from Fightful Select has given some insight into the mood of the stars left behind after the latest cuts.
While unable to corroborate all the claims made in the report, Fightful stated that there has been a noted shift in the development of talent. As far as the morale on the brand goes, it was commented on that morale had taken hits before news broke of the recent round of releases with female talent mentioned as being concerned for their future as well as who could be hired to work with them once John Laurinaitis took over the Talent Relations department once again.
The report also mentions former Senior Director of Talent Development, Canyon Ceman who was also recently let go by WWE. According to Fightful once the news came that Ceman was going to be leaving the company, there were concerns about the direction of NXT’s future hiring. Seemingly certain names were passed on during try-outs with the company that those within NXT thought were going to be “slam dunks.”
Heading into NXT TakeOver: 36, there are already concerns over the WWE futures of both Adam Cole and Pete Dunne. Cole has been working under a verbal agreement since his contract in July, while Dunne’s deal is also due to expire soon.
Cole was reportedly meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon recently, with both Raw and SmackDown seemingly potential destinations for the former NXT Champion.