You had to know this was coming. The Coronavirus has hit almost every aspect of life, including professional wrestling. Since there are no live events at the moment and no fans in attendance at the television tapings, there are only so many ways for wrestling companies, including WWE, to bring in money. As a result, some things need to be changed and that is the case at the moment.
One of the continuing issues for WWE is their massive roster. There are so many wrestlers on the multiple rosters that there is only so much that can be done with a lot of them. Even with WWE’s two main shows, NXT, NXT UK, 205 Live and live events, there isn’t enough room for a lot of the wrestlers. As you might have guessed, it is not the best time for some of these lower level wrestlers, and the hammer may be coming down.
According to PWInsider.com, Vince McMahon held a conference call with WWE employees on Wednesday afternoon. The main point of the call was an attempt to cut back on business expenses, which will include cutbacks and furloughs for WWE staff and employees, which would include wrestlers. Other cost cutting measures include cutting pay for board members and a postponing of a planned move of Titan Towers. The call lasted less than five minutes.
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Opinion: I can’t say I’m surprised and it is not coming at the best time but WWE has needed to thin out its roster a bit for a very long time. There are only so many places for so many people and WWE has not needed to have this many wrestlers around for a long time. Yes it is going to seem harsh to let people go at this point, but this is the kind of thing that is happening everywhere at the moment. Hopefully the wrestlers find a place to go, but it might be a while.
Who do you see being let go? How many releases are you expecting? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!