The WWE is losing money right now. As a result of this lost income, they have made some tough decisions and just released 11 of their on-air superstars in a cost-cutting measure. The main reason they cut the stars was because the WWE Network will take a financial loss this year, but the secondary reason is that many of these wrestlers, for one reason or another, never met up to the expectations that the WWE set out for them.
Here is a look at who the WWE released and what could be next for them.
JTG – This one was no surprise to anyone. JTG was part of the tag team Cryme Tyme many years ago and stuck around as a low level jobber once his partner was cut. He was hardly ever on TV and never won. There is no telling if he will pick up anywhere else outside of small indie promotions that no one has ever heard of.
Drew McIntyre – At one time, Drew McIntyre was supposed to be a huge star in the WWE. He was named the future of the company when Vince McMahon publicly endorsed him on television. Things never worked out and he has spent the last two years losing to everyone, including women and midgets, as part of 3MB. He needs to be repackaged but could make a nice talent in TNA Impact Wrestling.
Jinder Mahal – Jinder Mahal joined up with McIntyre and Heath Slater in 3MB, and following these cuts, Slater is the only man left standing. Mahal started out in a feud with Khali when he first debuted but was quickly buried. He probably has a career wrestling overseas.
Aksana – Aksana was always ridiculed for her below average wrestling skills. She will likely move into modeling or a career as an actress, but her wrestling career is likely over with.
Curt Hawkins – Curt Hawkins was best known as a member of the Edge Heads with Zack Ryder. He was rarely used after that, but was seen a couple of weeks before his release wrestling on NXT. Hawkins has already signed with PWS under his real name and he will start there in September after his no-compete clause ends.
Brodus Clay – Brodus Clay was supposed to debut in the WWE as a monster but released some behind the scenes spoilers on social networking and was punished by being turned into a dancing comedy wrestler. He never recovered although he was starting to get more time in NXT recently. He has also signed with PWS, although he might find huge success if he ever heads to Japan.
Theodore Long – Long is the only person who doesn’t have to wait until September to show up somewhere since he was not cut, he just allowed his contract to expire. There is a good chance that Long just retires from wrestling.
Camacho – Camacho is the song of Haku and was a regular on NXT. He has a great chance of heading down to Mexico or Puerto Rico and hitting it big there. He could also make his way to Japan.
Evan Bourne – Even Bourne might be the most talented wrestler the WWE cut. He still has a bright future and don’t be surprised to see both TNA Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor fighting for his services. His brother wrestles some with Ring of Honor.
Yoshi Tatsu – Sources in the WWE claimed that Yoshi Tatsu regressed while in NXT. That might be true. He might want to head to Japan and work on his in-ring skills over there for awhile.
Marc Harris (referee) – The rumor is that Harris was cut because of a Twitter rant he went on against a former WWE referee. He might catch on somewhere else, but don’t expect a major company to reach out to him.