Those released included referee Marc Harris, Yoshi Tatsu, Evan Bourne, Brodus Clay, Camacho, Theodore Long, Curt Hawkins, Aksana, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and JTG.
Many of the released talents have already taken to their Twitter accounts and other social media to comment on their releases.
None of the releases were major surprises as everyone was a lower end talent or was not used on television currently. The two biggest names released were Brodus Clay, who had a big run as “The Funkasauras” in 2012 and 2013 and Drew McIntyre, who is a former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion and was once dubbed “The Chosen One” live on television by Mr. McMahon.
According to PWInsider, Marc Carrano, who works in the WWE Talent Relations Department, made the majority of the actual phone calls releasing the talent. The current state of the WWE Network and the panic surrounding WWE’s recent stock drop may have caused the glut of releases.
Also according to PWInsider, Teddy Long was simply a case of his contract expiring and not being renewed. The creative team lost interest in Clay in late 2013 and his appearances became more sporadic. Yoshi Tatsu had not been featured prominently on prime time TV for years and management felt he regressed. Camacho and Hawkins were well liked backstage and their releases were surprising.
WWE has not had a major “blood letting” like this since 2011. It used to be a yearly tradition in the late spring or early summer where WWE did a “spring cleaning” and released a myriad of in-ring talent. However for whatever reason, the releases became more infrequent and sporadic.
The releases may not be done and could continue into Friday, June 13. More in-ring talent and administrative personnel may be cut in the near future.