The news was broken during SmackDown, but it appears 12 NXT wrestlers have been released by WWE. And with that, fans and Superstars react to the stunning news.
Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish And 10 More NXT Wrestlers Released
Perhaps that headline seems a bit much, but when you see what came down Friday night…how can you not say Nick Khan eviscerates the NXT roster?
Fine, if you insist, perhaps that is somewhat overly harsh…but is it, really?
Here’s the list, from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful:
In all, WWE released
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 7, 2021
As Sapp would add to his busy Friday, he reminds us all that, with the latest cuts, WWE has now jettisoned 100 wrestlers since April of 2020.
— VizKila (@weszmarsh) August 7, 2021
OK, on one hand, one could argue that WWE had been hoarding talent. I’d buy that to an extent-it’s how you explain giving Mike and Maria Kanellis insane money.
It’s also how we can explain The Revival getting practically held hostage for a time.
While perhaps a good chunk of the talent released in the last 18 months or so may never be much more than mid-card talent…some names are far from it.
Now, NXT has faced the executioner, and we see some stunning heads rolling.
Bronson Reed was JUST the NXT North American Champion.
Mercedes Martinez was a relatively recent addition, and was working toward the top of the Women’s Division.
Tyler Rust JUST showed up when The Diamond Mine debuted like a month ago.
All that is even overlooking that Bobby Fish was one significant, if oft-injured, part of one of the better factions in the last several years.
It’s another stunning set of moves that has plenty of people wondering what on Earth is going on in Stamford…and when might it all end?
Fans And Superstars React
With stunning moves come responses, and we have seen fans and Superstars react.
Some are former Superstars, but they get to react too.
Really sorry to see this. Times are really tough right now, but for the released talent, this can be a blessing in disguise.
Don’t let this be your end, this should be your beginning.
Get hyped! The world is now your oyster! https://t.co/nNiAMxI6CI
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoMuhtadi) August 7, 2021
Just got released from @WWE
This monster is back on the loose … you don’t know WHAT you’ve just done.#WWE
— Bronson Reed (@bronsonreedwwe) August 7, 2021
For what it’s worth, another fan posted this, attributed to PWInsider…which if true, is a truly bizarre explanation.
Apparently this is the reason for the WWE NXT releases tonight.
How the F*** does this make any sense?!!
They’re cutting young talent to focus on young talent… WHAT?!!! pic.twitter.com/oVbliIubYC
— (@WrestlingCovers) August 7, 2021
It is worth throwing this out there…Adam Cole, one of NXT’s major players since he arrived a few years back, is on a short term extension.
Cole was reportedly at SmackDown on Friday to talk to Vince McMahon. If Adam Cole had any concerns about the roster going into the meeting, these cuts did not help anything.
I mean…if all this chaos is happening, and I am Adam Cole…and AEW really offered a contract…it’s hard not to really consider it, isn’t it?
Again, if that report is accurate, rather than cut some of that talent…in cases like Reed’s and Martinez’s…move them up perhaps?