WWE release from their roster yet again on Thursday night as they let go of 18 superstars including Karrion Kross and Nia Jax.
The company released several main roster stars, including Keith Lee, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Eva Marie, “B-Fab” Briana Brandy, and Harry Smith.
The trimming of the main roster and the NXT brand was announced late on Thursday night.
But news came on the same day the WWE announced their impressive third-quarter results.
The company also released NXT talents Scarlett Boudreaux, Oney Lorcan, Franky Monet, Ember Moon, Trey Baxter, Jessi Kamea, Jeet Rama, Zayda Ramier and Katrina Cortez.
What caused the release?
WWE announced it generated almost $256 million in revenue in one quarter on the same day it released the multiple Superstars due to budget cuts.
The company claimed the remaining wrestlers on the roster were told the releases were made due to ‘budget cuts’.
The report was published on Thursday of this week and then divided by a number of WWE higher-ups during a quarterly financial call. The $255.8 million of revenue is $34.2 million more than the promotion generated during the same three-month period in year 2020.
And the company blames the budget cut for the release of the multiple stars. Meanwhile it ru,ored that some were released due to their inability to vaccinates against the Covid 19.
According to the New York Post, one of the reasons Nia Jax was given her marching orders was because she’s yet to receive her Covid jab.
The report said: “A source with knowledge of WWE’s operations told The Post that one of the reasons Nia Jax, a former WWE Raw women’s champion, was released is that she is unvaccinated.”
However, Andrew Zarian has said that some of the talents were let go because of they remain unvaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
And Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful also said: “There were rumors within the industry last week that WWE would be cutting some talent in relation to vaccination status. That doesn’t appear to be the case across the board, although it was cited as a reason for several of them.”