WWE Releases 11 People
WWE.com has announced the release of 11 talents today:
- Jinder Mahal
- Drew McIntyre
- Brodus Clay
- Evan Bourne
- Yoshi Tatsu
- Curt Hawkins
- Teddy Long
- Marc Harris (referee)
- Aksana, a former bodybuilder, fitness model and personal trainer signed with WWE developmental back in 2009. She was part of the third season of WWE NXT and has been on the main roster since August 2011.
- Jinder Mahal signed with WWE developmental back in 2010 and made his main roster debut in April 2011. He was part of the 3MB stable.
- Drew McIntyre was signed to WWE developmental and trained with Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. He made his main roster debut in 2009 and was hand picked by Vince McMahon as his “Chosen One.” A former Intercontinental Champion, McIntyre would later join the now-disbanded 3MB stable.
- Brodus Clay originally signed with WWE back in 2006 and trained at the Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territories before being released in February 2008. He was re-signed in January 2010 and trained at Florida Championship Wrestling before becoming a contestant on NXT Season 4. He made his debut as the “Funkasaurus” back in 2012 and later teamed with Tensai (later known as Sweet T) as part of the Tons of Funk tag team.
- Evan Bourne was signed to a developmental deal back in 2007 and competed at Ohio Valley Wrestling through 2008, when he was brought up to the main roster. He would later capture the WWE Tag Team Titles with Kofi Kingston as part of the Air Boom tag team. In March 2012, he was involved in a car accident which broke his foot in four places and dislocated it in five. He never returned to WWE television, despite telling fans on Twitter that he’s been healthy and ready to return, as soon as WWE had something for him.
- Curt Hawkins was signed to WWE developmental back in 2006 and is a former WWE Tag Team Champion along with Zack Ryder.
- Yoshi Tatsu signed with WWE developmental back in 2007 and wrestled for Florida Championship Wrestling through 2009. In 2009, he was part of the revived ECW promotion and wrestled on the main roster through 2013, when he was brought down to NXT.
- Teddy Long was a longtime authority figure in WWE and had been with the company since 1998.
- Camacho had been with WWE since 2009. His final feud in NXT was with Adam Rose.
These cuts are part of WWE’s ongoing effort to reduce costs. According to sources in WWE, don’t be surprised to see more cuts in the coming months.