Samoa Joe, Mickie James, and Others Will Be Released From WWE
On Thursday, WWE announced the release of a number of wrestlers, including Mickie James, Samoa Joe, and others.
Mickie James, Samoa Joe, Peyton Royce, Bo Dallas, Chelsea Green, Billie Kay, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, Kalisto, and Wesley Blake are among the nine wrestlers who will be cut from the promotion, which includes former champions and a potential Hall of Famer.
“As of today, April 15, 2021, WWE has agreed to release Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Mojo Rawley, Bo Dallas, and Wesley Blake. “We wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors,” WWE said in a statement on its website.
These new additions come a year after WWE announced a slew of on-air talent and behind-the-scenes employees. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, EC3, and even Hall of Famer Kurt Angle were among the on-air talent who were cut.
On April 15, 2020, WWE made the statement, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to COVID-19 and new government mandated impacts on WWE and the media industry in general, the Company has conducted a thorough review of its activities over the last few weeks. WWE said in a press release at the time that “this review culminated in the introduction of numerous short-term cost savings and cash flow improvement actions.”
In February 2021, WWE will announce an all-time high of $286.2 million in Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (OIBDA) in 2020.
As word of the releases spread, the wrestlers on the short list took to social media to express their emotions to their fans.
Mickie James thanked WWE for giving her a second chance after leaving the organization in 2010 and returning in 2016.
“Thank you for the memories.” The dressing room is a godsend. Grateful for the fans. Grateful for these little keys to my golden handcuffs. You can never expected others vision of you to be big as your own dreams. Thank you Vince McMahon,” James wrote.
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