Over the course of the day, Mustafa Ali, Aliyah, Elias, Shelton Benjamin, Top Dolla, Riddick Moss, Dolph Ziggler, Quincy Elliott, Dana Brooke, Shanky, Dabba Kato, Mansoor, Mace, Yulisa Leon, and Bryson Montana were released from World Wrestling Entertainment as part of the merger between WWE and the UFC to form TKO Group Holdings.
The wrestling world has taken to Twitter to react to today’s mass layoffs, and you can check out some of the reactions from the likes of John Cena, Big E, Saraya, Trinity, Matt Cardona, and many others below:
I was so immensely fortunate to start my time on the main roster next to @HEELZiggler. I learned so many lessons about this craft by watching and listening. One of the smoothest workers I’ve ever been in the ring with. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, Zig Man.
— Ettore “Big E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) September 21, 2023
Hi @EmmaWWE 👋 🥰
— SARAYA (@Saraya) September 21, 2023
— Trinity (@TheTrinity_Fatu) September 21, 2023
🚨 TO THOSE WHO WERE JUST RELEASED 🚨
This can be the END of your career…
Or it can be the BEGINNING……
Look yourself in the mirror and decide.
I promise you the work and the MONEY is out there.
It’s not easy. It’s a grind. It’s a hustle. It’s frustrating…
But it also…
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) September 21, 2023
Getting released by WWE can be the best thing or the worst thing to happen to your career. The choice is yours & my success proves that.
— $TEPH DE LANDER (@stephdelander) September 21, 2023
Today can be the worst day of your life or it can be the day everything changed. Today can be the finish line or it can be the starting line. It’s all up to you. Remember that phone call, but don’t let it define you. Your talent and your value is not determined by one person or…
— Mike Bennett (@RealMikeBennett) September 21, 2023
— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 21, 2023
Bc I luv and support him always 🥰
— Trinity (@TheTrinity_Fatu) September 21, 2023
Thanks for the interview @BustedOpenRadio
— ecIII (@therealec3) September 21, 2023
— PRIME Alexander (@CedricAlexander) September 21, 2023
I hate today
— Kayla Braxton (@KaylaBraxtonWWE) September 21, 2023
I’m a major @HEELZiggler guy.
He’s the man.
Now, wrestle me.
— Shawn Spears™️ (@ShawnSpears) September 21, 2023
My favorite wrestler: @HEELZiggler
— Brian Myers (@Myers_Wrestling) September 21, 2023
🔥 @HEELZiggler The man.
— Breeze (@MmmGorgeous) September 21, 2023
— The Realest Swerve Strickland (@swerveconfident) September 21, 2023
I’ve never met this guy, and often he was booked like a total loser, but Dolph Ziggler is one of the best wrestlers on the planet when they let him be. https://t.co/PyU2fGfp4W
— “Filthy” Tom Lawlor トム・ローラー (@FilthyTomLawlor) September 21, 2023
Is the world even ready for you to have creative freedom? Looking forward to seeing all you do.
— Alex Zayne – アレックス・ゼイン (@AlexZayneSauce) September 21, 2023
mustafa ali once gave me a sick shoutout on social media that helped get eyes on me and often used his platform to spotlight indie talent.
this mf cares. i hope nothing but the best for him.
— xX_kiddbandit_Xx (@kiddbanditpro) September 21, 2023
When I did WWE extra work, I got to thank Mustafa Ali in person for sharing my work and help open doors for me.
I don’t think talent in that position sometimes understand the gravity something as little as that can do for somebody on the indies.
Him taking 10 minutes out of his…
— VAUGHN (@VaughnVertigo) September 21, 2023
Thank you, Shelton Benjamin, for being an inspiration for so many young black wrestlers. You're my idol and a 🐐.
— ALEX KANE Mr. 34 (@Alex_kane11) September 21, 2023
forever greatness … the whole universe acknowledges you usooo…. CONTINUE TO BE GREAT LIKE I KNOW YOU WILL HELLOOOO‼️‼️‼️
— ZILLA FATU (@Zillafatu) September 21, 2023
— 👑Isaiah Broner (@IsaiahBroner) September 17, 2023
One time on Twitter (RIP) @HEELZiggler said I was one of his favorite comedians. He did not have to do that, he didn't really know me, but it gained me like 2,000 followers in 24 hours.
Then he let me open for him on some comedy shows.
I hope for nothing but happiness for him.
— Dan Barry (@thedanbarry) September 21, 2023
yoooo @HEELZiggler ik u steal the show, and i’m the center of attention, and i’m also lookin for a tag partner 👀
— brittnie brooks (@BrittnieBrooks) September 21, 2023
I've had the pleasure of interviewing @AliWWE a couple of times over the past few years and they're definite career highlights. Supremely creative, driven and talented man with so much untapped potential. If this is the end in #WWE like it seems, hopefully he can shine elsewhere. https://t.co/rPI5bvUM3r
— Alistair McGeorge (@AlistairMcG) September 21, 2023
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) September 21, 2023
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) September 21, 2023