With news that WWE’s stock had plummeted after renewing its TV deal with NBC Universal (which includes USA and SyFy), it may be time for the WWE to cut ties with some of their main roster talent. The reason why the WWE hasn’t released very many main roster talent since 2011 was due to Triple H’s “don’t fire anybody” policy which he feels that releasing talent is “bad for business;” instead he just let contracts expire as a result.
However with WWE’s stock, Triple H may need to rethink his “don’t fire anybody” policy by firing main roster talent who haven’t been seen on TV in months to wrestlers that have failed to live up to expections.
And so without further delay, here are the WWE Superstars who may be leaving the WWE between now and December 31, 2014.
Brodus Clay, Curt Hawkins, David Otunga, Evan Bourne, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Yoshi Tatsu, and Zack Ryder
These aforementioned wrestlers haven’t been seen on TV for quite some time now, as shows such as WWE Superstars and WWE Main Event have increasingly been featuring mainly upper mid-carders (as well as an occasional main eventer but never John Cena nor Randy Orton) and Divas as of late in an effort to help boost WWE Network subscriptions. Releasing them will help get rid of the dead weight as well as open a few spots for promising NXT such as Bo Dallas, Sami Zayn, and Adrian Neville.
Vickie Guerrero and Teddy Long
It seems as if though Triple H is not a fan of the General Manager role on RAW and SmackDown as he and Stephanie McMahon have replaced Vickie Guerrero, Teddy Long, and Brad Maddox as the guys making the matches in recent months.
Although I expect Maddox to have a future in the WWE as a wrestler, the same cannot be said for Long and Guerrero.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Two people of whom I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see leaving the WWE in the very near future are Goldust and Cody Rhodes. Despite being involved in one of the most interesting storylines last fall, their promising push has halted due to their father Dusty Rhodes’ lingering backstage heat with WWE Management.
With guys like The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Bad News Barrett, The Usos, Cesaro, and Rusev getting substantial pushes as of late, expect the Rhodes Brothers to be expendable as a result.
Ah, The Miz. In 2011, he main evented WrestleMania XXVII when he defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship thanks to a distraction from The Rock, setting up Cena vs. Rock for WrestleMania XXVIII. Today, he’s rarely used on TV nowadays and has even been replaced by highly touted announcer Byron Saxton.
With his latest film The Marine IV coming up soon, expect Mr. Awesome to leave the WWE very soon, perhaps for a career as an actor. After all, The Rock would become one of the top Hollywood actors right now.