WWE release several NXT Superstars including former North American Champion Bronson Reed and former Undisputed Era member Bobby Fish.
The WWE have already released several wrestlers since Wrestlemania 37 and many more continue to go through the chopping block. Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, The IIconics and several other talent that were regularly featured on television have been let go in the last few months.
The official reason stated for doing so has been budget cuts and it doesn’t look like the firings are slowing down anytime soon.This time though, the departures come from NXT. The Black and Gold brand saw the release of twelve wrestlers at once!
WWE release several NXT Superstars including Bronson Reed and Bobby Fish
According to Fightful and PWInsider. The following releases have been confirmed as of now:
Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, Tyler Rust, Mercedes Martinez, Leon Ruff, Giant Zanjeer, Jake Atlas, Ari Sterling, Kona Reeves, Stephon Smith, Zechariah Smith, and Asher Hale.
In all, WWE released
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 7, 2021
Some of the names on this list are quite shocking, espescially considering how they’ve been used in the past or even very recently.
Leon Ruff was the North American Champion near the end of last year. Bronson Reed also won the very same title back on the May 18 episode of NXT, beating Johnny Gargano in a steel cage match for it. Following his title loss to Isaiah “Swerve” Scott many speculated a main roster call up. That unfortunately was not to be.
Bobby Fish is another surprise. He was once part of The Undisputed Era and is a former NXT Tag Team Champion. Then there’s Mercedes Martinez, a 15-year veteran who was on the main roster last year as part of RETRIBUTION, although for justa little while, choosing to return to NXT instead.
It is important to note that WWE NXT contracts have a 30-day non-compete clause associated with their releases. Which means, fans may see these people on another wrestling show as early as September 5th. Interestingly, this is also the day of AEW’s All Out pay-per-view.
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