Yesterday, WWE released ten superstars from the main roster. This included the likes of Samoa Joe, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Kalisto, Tucker, Wesley Blake, Chelsea Green, Mojo Rawley, Mickie James, and Bo Dallas.
This took place exactly one year after the 2020 mass WWE releases, known among wrestling fans as ‘Black Wednesday’. Many of the superstars released from the company have now found success in AEW, IMPACT, ROH, NWA, and other promotions.
Fightful Select (subscription required) reports that once talks came around of a WWE cuts a couple of months ago, several superstars had inquired about whether or not they would be leaving the company. Despite being told that they would be safe from any potential cuts, they were eventually released last night.
It was also noted that another wrestler said that ‘it’s just an annual reminder that this is a company, not a family’.
More specifically, Billie Kay’s release was a “surprise cut for my backstage”. Fightful added, WWE VP “Kevin Dunn didn’t ‘get’ Billie Kay, and had verbalized that he saw a ceiling for her in WWE.” It isn’t known if that contributed to her being released from the company.