According to PWInsider, several higher-ups backstage have now left the company, with some having being with WWE for over a decade.
The first of which is Nicole Zeoli, who was the Director Of Talent Relations. She had been with the company for over 11 years, moving into the Director role in February 2018.
Long-time WWE referee John Cone was relieved of his duties as a Senior Manager of talent relations. Despite this move, Cone will still remain in the company as a referee. (Update 3:30 pm ET: John Cone has been reinstated in his talent relations role)
It was noted that both Zeoli and Cone’s situations were not linked to the incident in which former Women’s Champion Mickie James received her belongings from WWE in a trash bag after being fired.
Shortly after James posted the video of the package she received from the company, WWE management including Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and John Laurinaitis issued statements via Twitter.
WWE’s communications department was also hit with several changes, as their Vice President Mead Rust has left after a two-year stint with the company. Prior to working with WWE, Rust had been with A&E Networks for sixteen years.
WWE’s Manager of Publicity and Corporate Communications Joe Villa has also exited the company after 22 years, where he worked in both Fan Services and Live Events.
WWE’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Brian Flinn has also left WWE after nine years with the company.