WWE released another portion of its wrestlers yesterday in a raft of what have been described as budget cuts, which brings the number of wrestlers released in 2021 to a total of 72.
The cuts were reported by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, with the first names coming to light being Franky Monet and Scarlett. This set the tone for the evening, following other similar sets of releases earlier in the year which included the likes of former Universal Champions Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt.
Both Monet and Scarlett have posted on social media regarding their releases, with Monet announcing that she would be returning to using the name Taya Valkyrie. Her name was only changed when joining WWE, as she had been known around the world as Taya in the likes of IMPACT Wrestling and Lucha Underground.
PWInsider then confirmed that talent began receiving phone calls around 6:30 pm EST and that Ember Moon has officially been released from the WWE following nearly seven years with the company. This was followed by Oney Lorcan posting a video also confirming his release.
The list continued to grow, as former NXT Champion Karrion Kross confirmed his departure. This happened despite only being called up to WWE Raw a short time ago and despite being repackaged at that time.
Keith Lee only had his character change to ‘Bearcat’ in WWE for a matter of weeks, and he was also released alongside his partner Mia Yim. Eva Marie’s return also lasted less than six months, after she returned for her “Eva-lotuion” after a four-year hiatus from the company.
The turnover of talent at this level goes back another year, as there were plenty of rafts of releases throughout 2020. A new list which has been put together by Denise Salcedo detailing all 72 wrestlers released by WWE in 2021, as well as the 2020 releases which brings the two-year total to 125.
LIST: 2020 + 2021 WWE Releases.
Again sorry in advance if I forgot anyone. pic.twitter.com/pwaROuhKkj
— Denise Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) November 5, 2021
Despite this many competitors being released, the list of active competitors on WWE.com currently stands at 224 across all four brands. However, this list doesn’t include other on-screen talent such as Michael Cole, or rarely seen names such as Vince McMahon.