Ah, to live the life of a pro wrestler. We’ve all dreamt about it at one point or another.
Maybe it’s the fame and fortune. Perhaps you aspire to hear tens of thousands of fans chanting your name. Maybe you’re just an adrenaline junkie with a knack for taking nasty bumps on barbed wire-covered tables.
Hey, whatever floats your boat, you sicko. I’m not knocking you.
No matter the reason, we tune in week in and week out, living vicariously through our favorite wrestlers thinking “wow, I wish that was me” with no regard.
While it’s quite easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamourous lifestyle of being a WWE Superstar, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
One minute, it can seem as though a wrestler is headed straight to the top; the next minute, they find themselves out of a job.
Alas, you can now add Ember Moon, Karrion Kross, Nia Jax, Keith Lee, and several others to the list of released WWE superstars in 2021.
To sum this up as terrible news would be an understatement.
For one, it’s atrocious that anyone who works their tail off, sacrifices so much time, and puts so much effort into their craft can be let go at the drop of a hat with no warning due to the nature of being an independent contractor.
If you don’t believe me, the release of Aleister Black might change your mind. If you recall, the man was in the middle of a feud with the current WWE Champion, Big E. Not to mention, it looked as though Black had totally revitalized his character with a new gimmick.
Want another, shocker? Think about The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman.
If that doesn’t change your mind, think of Bray Wyatt. A man who was one of WWE’s top merchandise sellers at the time of his release.
All three of them were let go like mere curtain jerkers booked to face Bill Goldberg in the year 1998 on a random edition of Monday Night Nitro.
In conclusion, with all the names mentioned in this article, it seems as though no one’s safe, at this point.
Back in the day, a mid-card wrestler would typically be able to stick around for at least a few years, even if they weren’t seen regularly on TV. We’ve gone from that to wrestlers being released, mid storyline…
WWE clearly saw something of value in every superstar they released at one point or another. As cheesy/corny as this sounds, that means something.
Whether it was just a lack of direction, a lack of interest, or budget cuts doesn’t really matter. It’s almost as good as guaranteed that you’ll see Ember Moon, Mia Yim, Keith Lee, and all your favorites thriving somewhere else real soon.
As for the current roster, this latest round of releases should cause some major concern. At this point, it’s getting harder and harder to think of these releases as shocking news.
Consequently, in the year 2021, is anyone safe from being let go?