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Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100
WWE stunned fans today with the announcement of a number of talent releases including Samoa Joe, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
WWE stunned fans today with the announcement of a number of talent releases including Samoa Joe, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
In a statement to their website today, WWE said, “WWE has come to terms on the release of Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Bo Dallas and Wesley Blake as of today April 15, 2021.
We wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”
The news of today’s releases comes a year to the day after WWE made headlines for a mass number of releases of talent and other backstage figures that is now know as “Black Wednesday.” Sean Ross Sapp of Fighful.com reports that, “[WWE Head of Talent Relations] John Laurinaitis has been making the calls to talent and citing budget cuts as the reason for the WWE releases.”
Wrestling Twitter had a lot of thoughts and opinions on these releases and what the future holds for these wrestlers.
Shortly after the news broke, “Samoa Joe” became the number one trend on Twitter.
Here are some notable comments from fans, wrestling media and other wrestlers.
This is the last night we saw of Samoa Joe in WWE.
#WWE have released
I never like these days for anyone to lose their job, BUT look at what most of the talents from last year have done.
The fact that Samoa Joe never became a World Champion in WWE is an absolute shame.
Samoa Joe has proven himself as one of the most versatile performers both in ring, on the mic, on commentary, everywhere.
I'm in absolute disbelief.
MJF vs Samoa Joe needs to happen in AEW…
book it @TonyKhan pic.twitter.com/zfQpisz5Up
Samoa Joe vs Eddie Kingston tho pic.twitter.com/k5XIXHsM3C
I’m not saying I want anyone fired but…
y’all got rid of these wholesome humans & not Jaxon Ryker
What is he providing that Samoa Joe, The Iiconics, & Mickie James not providing pic.twitter.com/il0V8zKtBb
Samoa Joe was other worldly on the mic.
Not putting the Universal title on him was a huge mistake.
Samoa Joe and CM Punk throwing
Samoa Joe and CM Punk throwing
Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream still has a job.
How do you drop the ball on SAMOA JOE?!?!? How?! Injuries aside, what a mistake.
Hello @SamoaJoe, let’s fight.
I know it sucks I was there 1 year ago today.
But don’t worry keep your head up and keep moving forward.
You all are so talented.
To everyone released today: I'm sorry & it must be a huge shock that I can't even imagine.
But you likely have lots of friends in other companies.
When the time is right (and legally allowable, read your fine print!), don't be strangers.
I hope everyone lands on their feet.
Talk is Jericho’s gonna be interesting after mid-July
we actually weren’t slated to do this interview…
just happened to be filming another segment and i was told to stop down anytime someone was walking through the shot.
in case anyone needed further proof that @BillieKayWWE is just.
WWE 4:15 says I just fired your ass https://t.co/WeOSStkijB
When you think about what's lacking from the WWE roster – women's tag teams, challengers for both women's titles, challengers for both men's top titles – if today's releases had instead been signings they would have filled a lot of holes.
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Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100
Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, and Mickie James among the names released by WWE on Thursday
Here's the full details of who is has been let go
Wrestling News, Analysis, and Rumors
On Thursday, WWE announced that they had come to terms on the releases of Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Kalisto, Bo Dallas, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, and Wesley Blake.
April 15, 2020, was the same day that WWE announced releases last year that included the likes of Kurt Angle, EC3, and Deonna Purrazzo.
Here’s the official announcement by WWE:
WWE has come to terms on the release of Samoa Joe, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Bo Dallas and Wesley Blake.
We wish them all the best in all of their future endeavors.
— WWE (@WWE) April 15, 2021
The news comes days after WrestleMania 37.
Both Samoa Joe and Billie Kay were major parts of that show, as Joe was one of the commentators for both days while Billie Kay tagged with Carmella in the Tag Team Turmoil match on night one.
It was announced on Monday that Joe had been taken off of the commentary table and was going to be a part of the WWE talent roster moving forward.
Peyton Royce’s last match with the company came on the March 22 edition of Raw, where she lost to Raw Women’s Champion Asuka.
The match had come about based on her comments on Raw Talk, where she demanded an opportunity that she was not getting.
Mickie James’ last appearance for the company was on the NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver pre-shows, where she commentated the match between Toni Storm and Zoey Stark, as well as gave her analysis of the NXT Women’s Championship match between Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez.
Kalisto and Tucker both competed in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on WrestleMania SmackDown.
Wesley Blake has not competed since Money in the Bank in 2020, while Bo Dallas hasn’t competed since 2019.
Here are the comments made as of this writing:
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) April 15, 2021
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) April 15, 2021
Looking forward to telling my story.
— TUCKy (@tuckerwwe) April 15, 2021
Grateful for the memories.
Grateful for the locker room.
Grateful for the fans.
Grateful for these little keys to my golden handcuffs.
You can never expected others vision of you to be big as your own dreams.
Thank you @VinceMcMahon #AlwaysBlessedAndGrateful
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 15, 2021
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