Reported Reason Behind Recent WWE Talent Releases Revealed
The reported reason behind WWE releasing tens of main roster and NXT talent from the company yesterday has been revealed.
As part of significant talent layoffs following the company’s merger with UFC last week, stars like Dolph Ziggler, Elias, Shelton Benjamin, Emma, Aliyah, and more were let go from the company yesterday. The move follows WWE purportedly releasing over 100 staff members last Friday as part of a separate set of layoffs to the company’s staff.
Now Dave Meltzer has reported the supposed reason behind yesterday’s talent cuts in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer notes that the company aimed to cut talents that were making main roster-level money but were not being used on either RAW or SmackDown either now or in the near future. One WWE official reportedly stated that it was a case of return on investment.
“The key to the releases were talent making main roster money but not being used on the main roster and with the idea that they were not going to be used in the future.
‘It’s time in vs. how much money you are paid vs. return on investment,’ said one WWE official regarding the talent cuts.”