WWE cleans house every year. Just like most businesses that have cut ties with under-performers, WWE has no choice but to show a few talents the door each year. It usually happens after WrestleMania and before SummerSlam, which is again the case in 2014.
The following superstars were officially released by WWE on Thursday: Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, Aksana, Curt Hawkins, Theodore Long, Camacho, Brodus Clay, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu and referee Marc Harris.
Sure, a couple names from that list stand out. Mahal and McIntyre are on TV every week, and Clay has been given a fair amount of spotlight in the past. Bourne is incredibly talented in the ring, but he hasn’t performed in about two years. Overall, there are no big losses in this group.
You can call it unfair for some of these talents, and maybe a few had quality work left in them, but all of these firings are justified on some level. WWE won’t miss any of them.
If you had to argue for one guy, Brodus Clay could be it. If he had been booked differently back when he re-debuted, maybe things wouldn’t have gotten to this point. Clay is a prototypical monster heel — not a dancing character. He should have been used in a much different capacity, but when it comes to WWE these days, not everything makes sense.
As they say in the world of pro wrestling — never say never. Some of these talents could come back down the road. But if they don’t, no one will notice.