This week we saw the release of a slew of Superstars from World Wrestling Entertainment, something that had become taboo with Triple H slowly gaining more power within the company. The list was long and honestly a majority of the people on said list were not really shocking, I mean as talented as Evan Bourne he hasn’t been utilized in so long that you pretty much had to expect that he would be a free agent sooner or later. Another non-shocker on the list was Aksana, with her reckless abandon in the ring, when she slammed her knee into the eye of Naomi during a match damaging her orbital bone the writing was on the wall. As expected as these names were there were a couple that really caught people off guard.
Brodus Clay had a unique look, he’s also a legitimate tough guy, so when promos started running hyping him as a monster heel character it looked like he was destined for a bright future on the main roster. After a few weeks of hyping his debut as a heel everything changed, all of a sudden he showed up as the Funkasaurus, a giant cartoonish dancing fool. While Clay showed the same incredible ability for a man his size in the ring he never really caught a break during this gimmick and eventually he evolved into a heel character calling himself a Main Event Player, ironically enough this happened as he disappeared from television. If utilized properly he could be a solid monster villain for a competing company, the question is if TNA will find money for it or if Jeff Jarrett will sign him to GFW, or will he have to work indies.
The most shocking of the departures from the WWE roster was that of Drew McIntyre, this is a young man who had a very bright future, at one point even running with a gimmick of being Vince McMahon’s Chosen One. When your release is so surprising that Chris Jericho is shocked that you’re on the list of recently fired talent, it says a lot about you as a worker. I’ve suggested many times that WWE should put Drew into a much more serious role in order to take advantage of his skills, slapping him in a suit again and handing him a mic would have helped get him back over with the fans as well, even as a heel worker. McIntyre suffered from a political falling out thanks to his ex-wife Taryn Terrell and her bizarre behavior which resulted in her release and his eventual downfall. Ever since that point he’s been saddled with terrible gimmicks, eventually leading to his stint as a member of 3MB. What started as a comic trio has slowly developed into a group of respected workers, but now with two of the members gone, it’s all over but the shoutin’.