Recently, WWE made headlines by trimming down its roster as part of a merger with Endeavor. This is a common occurrence in such business deals, where people unfortunately lose their jobs, and wrestlers were no exception to this rule.
It was only a matter of time before WWE initiated these cuts. It’s important to note that during Vince McMahon’s seven-month retirement, Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H, took charge of the creative department in WWE and rehired many wrestlers who had been released a year or even just months before Vince’s retirement. With Vince’s return and the eventual sale of WWE, it was inevitable that a round of releases would occur.
The list of WWE releases included numerous names, with the most surprising being Dolph Ziggler. These wrestlers will become free agents in a few months when their non-compete clauses expire, which is usually around 90 days. For some, building a career outside of WWE may be challenging. But for others, it presents an opportunity they’ve been seeking for a long time.
The Indie Scene
The wrestling landscape outside of WWE is thriving, with promotions like IMPACT and MLW constantly on the lookout for talent to take that next big step. Let’s not forget about the indies, where hardworking wrestlers can also find success. Life beyond WWE is intriguing and far from the bleak prospects it once held.
Of course, the elephant in the room is always AEW. Whenever WWE releases a wrestler, fans immediately wonder if they might fit in with AEW, and if Tony Khan should consider signing them. While joining AEW and securing a steady paycheck may seem like the ideal scenario for some released wrestlers, it might not be the best initial option. Take Mustafa Ali, for instance; he’s a talented wrestler who was never utilized properly in WWE. Joining AEW could be a great move for him, but first, he needs to prove his true worth in the indies and silence the doubters.
By doing so, they could potentially negotiate an even better deal with AEW, much like Matt Cardona, who bet on himself.
There’s Opportunity Out There
While many fans sympathized with the released wrestlers, not all of them are in the same boat. The case of Top Dolla is particularly interesting. Criticizing another company is not uncommon, but the extent to which Top Dolla did so may have cost him favor with fans and burned a potential bridge with AEW. Wrestling is a volatile business with twists and turns every day, and Top Dolla serves as a cautionary tale for those who publicly disparage a promotion when the future of wrestling is so uncertain.
Only time will reveal whether the released WWE wrestlers can seize this opportunity and showcase their true value to the world.
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