Given the current pandemic and the uncertainty within the pro-wrestling world going forward, it isn’t surprising to hear that a number of WWE stars are worried they might be let go as Vince McMahon looks to cut costs.
The loss of a live audience and shows being cancelled has meant WWE is losing a lot of money, and the current thought is that initial revenue projections will not be met as a result.
WrestleNomics reported recently that the lack of fans at WrestleMania could result in WWE losing around $22 million, and with so many unused stars in its ranks, could we see a mass “future endeavours” spree?
WrestlingNews.co is reporting that one of their sources explained that WWE stars are seriously concerned for their futures, and that AEW can no longer be seen as a safety net, as Tony Khan will also be looking to save money.
The source said:
“I think guys know they can’t depend on AEW as their safety net because they are going through their issues with canceled shows. This will be tough for a lot of guys and for a lot of people in [the wrestling business] overall.”
The last people to be released by WWE were Luke Harper, The Ascension, and Sin Cara in December 2019. Harper has since gone on to debut as Brodie Lee in AEW.
As we’ve seen from Vince’s decision to still hold WrestleMania this year, he will likely do anything to get in some money, and if that means firing a bunch of unused stars, I doubt he’ll lose too much sleep over it.