Is WWE Not Yet Finished With Their Spring Cleaning?
WhatCulture – Last Friday, amidst rumors of mass releases coming in WWE, the company announced the cuts of no less than 8 people including; Damien Sandow, Cameron, Wade Barrett, Alex Riley, Hornswoggle, El Torito, Zeb Colter, and Santino Marella.
Now, PWInsider is reporting that there are more releases to come, and they should be announced before the end of May.
It has been several years since WWE went on a mass firing spree, but given the recent hiring of a plethora of new talents to the company’s Performance Center, logic dictated that some stars would have to be cut.
As soon as this news broke, WWE fans noted that Heath Slater and Jack Swagger were both advertised for the battle royal on Raw last Monday in a pre-match graphic, but neither of whom were in the actual contest and haven’t been seen on WWE television in some time now.
Slater has been particularly quiet on social media lately, while Swagger tweeted “Best job I ever had. Last day” in late April. At the time, he said he was referring to the end of WWE’s European tour, but there’s no telling if there was more to the story.
There were no surprising names from last week’s WWE firings. The biggest names from it are Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow. Barrett always seemed to get hurt every time the company would get behind him. Initially he seemed like a guy destined for the main events, but some bad luck was most certainly involved in him never reaching his full potential. I do understand that it’s hard for a company to get behind a guy who continually ends up on the shelf, whether it’s their fault or not.
Damien Sandow release is also not a surprise, save for the Mizdow run, both of Sandow’s runs in WWE have been largely forgettable. Sandow is a talented performer who made lemonade from the lemons he was dealt being Miz’s lackey and actually got himself over. WWE isn’t exactly known for getting behind guys who got over but weren’t supposed to, Based on the fact that he once won a Money in the Bank Ladder Match, it’s clear the company was once high on him. He then also became the first guy to fail to cash in successfully. With something like that, it’s safe to assume something happened behind the scenes.
It always sucks seeing anyone lose their job, but WWE is in the Entertainment Business and turnover is high. I’m sure you’ll see most of these guys popping up on Independent shows near you, very soon. It’ll be interesting to see if anymore are really coming and who it might be.