If the ‘Black Wednesday’ mayhem of 2020 and the recent release of several big names weren’t enough, WWE in another round of shake-up released a few other big names. The move shocked fans and the industry alike. The company on Wednesday, announced the official release of several superstars from its ranks including Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Buddy Murphy, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett among others.
According to an official statement by the company, “WWE has come to terms on the releases of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett. Further in the statement WWE wished the wrestlers “all the best in their future endeavours.”
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful was the first to break the news on the microblogging site, where he wrote that a bunch of releases were on the horizon. Social media circuits soon went abuzz with the new developments.
Meanwhile, a Fightful report confirmed the news which not only sent shockwaves through the sports entertainment world, but also marked another dark day for professional wrestling. The publication named the above-mentioned superstars, however, what shocked everyone was Strowman’s inclusion in the release. The Monster Among Men, who signed with WWE in 2013, was last seen in action at last year’s WrestleMania to become Universal Champion. Many think that Strowman’s release was due to his massive contract agreement of 2019, by which he reportedly earned more than USD 1 million a year.
Strowman took to Twitter early on Thursday morning, where he wrote: ‘What a chapter in life!!! #ThankYou’
Aleister Black soon followed suit and his response carried a bit more context. He tweeted to suggest he was shocked by the news and he is “gathering thoughts.” Further in the Tweet, Black thanked the “WWE Universe” for allowing him to create and give small bits of himself.
The news of WWE releasing Strowman, Black and others came as a huge shock to the wrestling world and fans. Many big names expressed their thoughts on Twitter, here are few:
Canadian-American television host Renee Paquette termed the move as a “horrible mismanagement of some really talented people.”
While American professional wrestler and promoter Tommy Dreamer, tagged the released wrestlers and wrote that he is “shocked”
Alexa Bliss remarked with “terrible” and a broken heart emoji.
Host of Exile on Badstreet & @BTSheetsPod, Kris Zellner wrote that the names cut by WWE tell a “different story.” He further mentioned that it may not be too long before “we have new ownership of WWE.”
Session Moth Martina shared a photo with Strowman and wrote if he fancies a “rematch”
One angry fan commented that “this will remain relevant forever.”
Another commented to ask what’s wrong “with y’all”
Safe to say the WWE Universe was not happy with the news.