There they go again. The biggest story of the year for WWE has been the string of releases from the company. All kinds of wrestlers have been let go from the promotion and several of them have been incredibly surprising. The wrestlers have come from all over the company’s rosters and that seems to be the case again, with several more wrestlers being let go.

According to Sean Ross Sapp of, WWE has released another list of wrestlers, with most of them being from NXT. Names released so far include Bronson Reed, Tyler Rust, Leon Ruff, Mercedes Martinez, Bobby Fish, Ari Sterling, Jake Atlas, Kona Reeves, Zechariah Smith, Asher Hale, Giant Zanjeer and Stephon Smith (referee). There is no word on if there will be any more releases for the moment.

This is huge. Check out some of the bigger names in action:

Bronson Reed vs. Adam Cole: WWE NXT, July 27, 2021

Mercedes Martinez & Jake Atlas vs. Xia Li & Boa: WWE NXT, June 29, 2021

Bobby Fish vs. Tyler Rust: WWE NXT, July 13, 2021

Opinion: What do you even say to this? How many wrestlers can WWE let go in one year? The interesting thing here is that aside from Reed, Fish and arguably Martinez, this is mainly a lot of lower level people, including several from 205 Live. I can understand cutting a lot of them for financial reasons, but Fish was in a match on this week’s NXT and Reed was working dark matches before the main roster shows last month. It makes you wonder how long it will be before other people go, and that’s rather scary for some.

What do you think of the latest batch of releases? Which is the biggest surprise? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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