All Elite Wrestling made their first round of releases in the late hours of yesterday evening, removing three of their more controversial characters from the roster page to indicate that they’ve officially parted ways with the company. Jimmy Havoc, Bea Priestley and Sadie Gibbs have all been kept off television recently due to both travel bans and after accusations towards the two former BritWres stars surfaced during the tremendous Speaking Out movement.
AEW’s first response was mostly radio silence, putting both Havoc and Priestley in the shadows until a more appropriate course of action presented itself. Jimmy Havoc was later offered counselling by the company, which was presumably paid for by AEW head-honcho, Tony Khan. Details as to whether Jimmy actually attended the sessions are still unknown.
With COVID still affecting world travel, there was no chance for any of the three to return to episodes of Dynamite anytime soon, therefore we assume that their swift release was to circumvent any potential backlash from the fans while giving them a quiet exit from the company.
With NXT putting the spotlight back on Velveteen Dream this week to substantial criticism, and RevPro Wrestling continuing to book Will Ospreay, this was probably the best move AEW could make in light of the horrendous accusations made towards Havoc and Priestley.
Sadie Gibbs however had not been seen on AEW programming since last year, with very little content on the table for her, this was probably a mutual decision to better benefit her future once things return to normal again. Gibbs took to Twitter to thank AEW and Tony Khan for the opportunities and bowed out with grace.
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