In a cost-cutting measure brought on by the Coronavirus, WWE released several wrestlers, backstage staff and office workers in April. The wrestlers released included, but are certainly not limited to, Kurt Angle, Mike Kanellis and No Way Jose.
Many people were shocked that WWE would let so many people go during a pandemic when they cannot really seek other work, especially considering it was reported that WWE is set to make record profits in 2020.
This made fans even angrier about WWE’s decision to release their staff. Vince wasn’t letting people go to keep his company afloat, but doing it to maximise profits and impress investors.
Someone who has never been shy about expressing his true feelings on Vince McMahon is former WWE star Ryback. On his podcast, Ryback took some shots on Vince releasing several wrestlers:
“I would say that the people they released, from a company standpoint, was probably $3-5 million total just estimating with everyone’s contracts. It really makes you question why did they get rid of so many people, or why have they not brought them back? No other wrestling company released people during this period.
“For those of us in the business, everyone knows how it is. It’s Vince, and Vince has built that. It’s his way he operates the company. He does a lot of good. He provides jobs for people.”
Ryback would then go on to speak about the sacrifices that wrestlers make just to keep Vince McMahon wealthy, and how they struggle when they leave WWE because of how little they were earning:
“If you compare it to how they operate that business, what they take from people and what people sacrifice for him to have the wealth that he has, it’s typically people’s lives. Wrestlers die younger than everyone because of the work schedule and how little he leaves them with how much they actually earn. A lot of them have trouble when they leave there.
“There are opportunities they don’t get while they’re there because they want to keep them there. They don’t want them making too much money. That’s where it gets really frustrating.
Speaking of released WWE wrestlers, this week’s Raw saw the return of Heath Slater, where he went one-on-one with WWE Champion and his good friend Drew McIntyre. Many people were impressed with Heath’s awesome promo and physique.