On the day where they announced successful third quarter earnings, WWE parted ways with several talents, including multiple former champions. While WWE releases are nothing new at this point, sometimes you just can’t help but shocked at the lost potential and what it all means for the company moving forward.
Here is a full list of today’s releases, with my thoughts on each.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux – The most shocking of all the releases. I was literally just lambasting WWE several months ago for a TakeOver event where Kross ran through the top four challengers in NXT. Kross could’ve been a monster for years to come, a perfect villain in the “Marvel era” that WWE is trying to create currently and Scarlett, the perfect companion. These releases stand out as two of the most mobs boggling out of all of WWE’s releases over the last year and a half.
Keith Lee – The writing was on the wall from the moment he got called up that Lee had peaked in NXT, which is a shame. Worlds of potential here and on a personal note, I would love to see him land in Impact, where he could be a main eventer for years to come.
Ember Moon – Moon never quite reached the potential she seemed destined for but she will, barring additional injuries, outside of WWE. There will be a lot of companies that want to work with Moon. Her future should be bright.
Harry Smith – The second generation star worked a house show and then…was gone. Smith could’ve been a star in the company’s NXT UK brand or the main roster. He has the look, the pedigree and can work. Now, after being released for the second time by WWE, it seems unlikely that Davey Boy Smith’s son will ever get the WWE run he seemed destined for.
Eva Marie – No real surprise here.
B Fab – WWE releases someone from a popular act with a lot of potential that they literally just called up to the main roster. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.
Lince Dorado and Gran Metallik – No real surprises here and Metallik had been asking for his release for quite awhile now. Further proof that Triple H’s cruiserweight division is just as dead as his vision for NXT.
Mia Yim – You don’t have Mia Yim on your roster and do nothing with her, but that’s exactly what WWE did. Yim will be much better off outside of WWE and like Moon, should have several suitors for her services lined up.
Oney Lorcan – Lorcan is a solid hand and unfortunately, those types just don’t fit in with WWE the way they do in other promotions.
Franky Monet – A short lived run that was ultimately very disappointing. Another talent who will have several suitors waiting for her.
Nia Jax – Jax had seen more success over recent years, but a long history of being stiff and a recent run in with Charlotte probably didn’t help her cause. Still, surprising.
Sports Obsessive will be staying on top of this story and following up if any additional releases are made, as well as more thoughts on the released talent in the days to come.