It was reported yesterday that Gerald Brisco, Mike Rotunda and Sarah Stock had all been released by WWE after being furloughed back in April 2020.
Akam and Rezar of AoP were also released last week following an injury-hit run on the main roster, and it appears there’s quite a bit of unhappiness from several of the released talents.
According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there is a lot of bitterness backstage, as many of the people now being released had allegedly been assured they would be brought back into the company.
“There was a lot of bitterness from those feeling strung along. It was noted to us that people were told they would be brought back, but then the date of being brought back kept moving another month. In time the recognition with the record profits in quarter two, and the big contract hire of new President Nick Khan, led to bitterness because they were told the furloughs were the last thing the company wanted and were forced out of economic necessity.
“With the continued delays, many had started looking elsewhere, no longer being convinced they were being brought back, but it’s a tough economic market right now. Some of those let go have been brought back in recent weeks. Others were told this past week they officially were not being brought back.”
It’s really not a good look for WWE, who as mentioned above, recorded record profits in the second quarter of this year. Brisco had been with WWE since 1984, and his release has been met with a lot of anger from fans, who believe his release has shown a lack of gratefulness on WWE’s behalf.