In a house cleaning move, WWE has released 10 former Superstars from the NXT roster. Some never made it on television, while others had titles to their name. Though the company hasn’t revealed why these Superstars were released, it is likely due to budget cuts. This article looks at why these Superstars were released and how they can be replaced. It also covers the recent return of Dakota Kai and Keith Lee to the company.
18 former WWE Superstars released
On November 4, 2021, WWE released 18 former Superstars. Eight of them came from RAW and SmackDown, while two more were released from NXT. The list includes WWE stars like Jeff Hardy, Tony Nese, and Toni Storm. After being on the verge of capturing the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Storm decided to retire. However, she did not make the cut due to the recent change in management.
Another reason for the mass firing is a budget cut. The company has cut 71 employees, including the former WWE superstars. While they’ve enjoyed record profits in recent years, they’ve been releasing talent left and right. This time, the company let go of 18 superstars, including some of its best and brightest. In addition to Superstars, the company has let go of former staff members. Earlier this month, they released nine members of the New York-based WWE Universe.
Nash Carter’s release due to allegations of abuse by his wife
WWE has released NXT Tag Team champion Nash Carter after accusations of domestic abuse by his wife Kimber Lee. The IMPACT wrestler claimed to have been abused by Nash Carter and posted several pictures of her injuries online. She also claimed that Nash Carter gave her a Nazi salute and had made hateful comments about the LGBTQIA+ community. The allegations against Nash Carter are shocking, and they’ve prompted WWE to fire the star.
Despite the recent allegations of abuse, the WWE has not provided a date for Nash Carter’s return to action. It hasn’t revealed how he will be replaced and will still be able to compete in the NXT Tag Team Titles. Nash Carter’s release was rumored to occur a week ago, and he has not received any official announcement yet. Regardless, the WWE has taken the right decision by releasing Nash Carter after his wife’s accusations of abuse.
Dakota Kai’s return to the company
It’s been a while since Dakota Kai last appeared in WWE. The Kiwi Superstar made her debut in NXT in 2015 and has since moved up the ranks. Previously, she wrestled in independent tournaments from Australasia to Japan, but was never a star. She eventually was spotted by the WWE and recruited to its Performance Center. In 2017, she was introduced to the WWE Universe for the first time at the Mae Young Classic.Former
In April 2022, WWE announced that it was axing four NXT wrestlers. The announcement came four months after NXT released its latest batch of talent. The axed wrestler is Dakota Kai. She was a key member of the NXT women’s division, winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and capturing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship twice. She has been quiet on social media since her release, but recently re-emerged on a Twitch stream. She has a penchant for video games and has a love for action movies.
Keith Lee’s return to the company
The first news on Keith Lee’s return to WWE came in July, when he challenged WWE Champion Bobby Lashley on Raw. On November 4, Lee was released by WWE and will be a free agent after February 2. The following day, Mia Yim was also released from her contract. While the news of Lee’s return to WWE was exciting, it was not all good. Despite his absence, there were still rumors surrounding his health.
The first big question on many WWE fans’ minds is how Lee’s rebranding will impact his success in the WWE. The sudden change in ring attire, entrance theme, and injury left many confused. In addition, his sudden disappearance from shows made WWE fans wonder why he decided to take a break. Meanwhile, Lee’s absence from WWE television for over five months prompted some fans to believe that he might be better off in another promotion.
Bobby Fish’s return to the company
If you’ve been a fan of WWE for any length of time, you’re probably wondering what Bobby Fish’s return to the company will entail. After all, this legendary wrestler was a dangerous combination of skills and talent. He’s also an original member of the Undisputed ERA, which may be doomed now, but remains revered. The undisputed era boasted a long list of impressive achievements.Former
Since his return to WWE, Fish has been involved in mixed martial arts and the MLW. He was a member of the Undisputed Era while with the black and gold brand. After leaving WWE in August, Fish made his AEW debut on Wednesday when he faced Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship. He was praised for his precision in the ring. However, despite the long wait, Bobby Fish’s return to WWE was far from a done deal.Former
Tyler Rust’s return to the company
After a brief absence from the WWE, former NXT Superstar Tyler Rust has signed with Ring of Honor, claiming a victory over Jake Atlas. Despite his recent success in ROH, Rust is best known for his time in the WWE. He recently spoke with ROH Strong, opening up about his time with WWE. This could be the first step in a long career, though.Former
It is important to note that Tyler Rust’s return to WWE is not entirely without controversy. The WWE has a long history of losing prospects to NXT matches. However, Rust’s performance against Ciampa and his post-match interaction with Malcolm Bivens are two factors that create intrigue in the future. So, what will this mean for Rust’s return to the WWE?Former