WWE decided to do its annual house cleaning on Thursday, June 12, 2014, and it doesn't appear as if they are yet done. This is something that usually happens every single year and a bunch of expected names end up getting their walking papers and a few others surprise the world. Well, Thursday was the day it began and as of 4:30 p.m. EST, 11 total names had been released by WWE.
Some of those that haven't been used or seen on television in quite some time were not surprising when their names were announced by the company. Those include Brodus Clay, Curt Hawkins, and JTG.
JTG is actually an eight-year veteran, but he hasn't been seen in months and months.
Long-time WWE talent Theodore Long was also released on Thursday. He had been with the company for a long time and acted as a referee and the General Manager of both "Raw" and "SmackDown" at different times throughout his career.
Two shocking cuts were Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre who were in 3MB with Heath Slater. A few years ago, McIntyre was actually seen as "the chosen one" and looked to be a prime player in WWE, but it never materialized into more.
Here is the full list of those that were released by WWE:
- Brodus Clay
- Jinder Mahal
- Drew McIntyre
- Yoshi Tatsu
- Evan Bourne
- Theodore Long
- Curt Hawkins
- Marc Harris (referee)
Aksana is the only diva that has been released so far by WWE. It appears as if her last moment in WWE was being beaten down by Alicia Fox on the past "Monday Night Raw" and then having popcorn dumped on her.
Evan Bourne isn't a huge surprise as he's been on the sidelines for a really long time due to being injured and then never healing right. Even when it seemed like he was healing properly, he'd get another injury that would delay his return even more.
During the cuts, WWE superstar Mark Henry hopped on Twitter and wrote:
"Here we stand 18 years in August. Still here!!!"
Curt Hawkins, real name Brian Myers, was not happy with Henry's comments so he got on Twitter to respond and not in a friendly way.
"Your colleagues lose their jobs & you tweet that? You're an idiot Mark."
The day isn't over yet and the total is already up to 11 for WWE releases. It's going to be interesting to see if anyone else is wished the best on their future endeavors before it's all over.