WWE has released over 80 in-ring talents over the course of 2021. Bryan Danielson believes that some of the releases were caused by an ‘overreaction’ from WWE when AEW was first formed.
Speaking with Scott Fishman of TV Insider, Danielson recalled WWE signing numerous independent wrestlers following the announcement of AEW in early 2019.
Stating that WWE have realised they no longer need to hoard talent, Danielson said:
“I don’t ever focus on if something didn’t happen that already happened. But I think this is a natural reaction to what has gone on. What we do know is people who were paid regular contracts will not have them anymore. For WWE, I think there was an overreaction when AEW started.
“Even when Ring of Honor got real hot with Cody and the Young Bucks. WWE felt they needed to sign up all the talent. They realized, “our business is fine.” AEW is catching up. They’ve done incredible for a company that has been around for less than three years. WWE is still making a billion dollars, so they don’t need to hoard all these talents.”
Following the November 4 wave of releases, Danielson proposed a 90-day notice clause for WWE contracts, so talents could give notice before leaving, instead of having to request to be let go.