This week’s releases included all kinds of wrestlers from across the WWE spectrum, including men, women and a member of the broadcast team. The ten names released included Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Wesley Blake, Bo Dallas, Samoa Joe, Mojo Rawley, Tucker, Mickie James, Chelsea Green and Kalisto. Some of these were more surprising than others, but for the most part, they had something in common.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, the idea of the cuts was to get rid of wrestlers who did not frequently appear on television. Aside from Kay and Samoa Joe, most of the released names appeared infrequently, with several of them not appearing for months outside of a one off match. Dallas had not wrestled a match since November 2019 prior to his release. It is not clear if more main roster cuts are coming.
Of the nine released wrestlers, Tucker, James and Kalisto had only wrestled one match this year, while Blake, Rawley and Green had not wrestled since last year. Samoa Joe has not wrestled in over a year, though he has also not been medically cleared due to concussion issues. That leaves Royce and Kay as the most active wrestlers released, with Kay having wrestled at WrestleMania the weekend before being let go.
This is a weird situation. Check out a few of the released wrestlers: