WWE Release Kurt Angle, Zack Ryder, Rusev & Other 26 Employees (UPDATED)

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Source: WWE

As per WWE’s response to the global financial crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, several staff cuts are being made to reduce costs. The first round of talent releases have officially been announced via WWE’s social media, confirming that a total of 7 superstars have been let go from their contracts.

The following names make up the list of employees released from their active contracts:

Kurt Angle

Drake Maverick

Heath Slater

Curt Hawkins

Karl Anderson

Luke Gallows

Eric Young


Lio Rush

Aiden English

Sarah Logan

Mike Kanellis

Maria Kanellis

Erick Rowan



No Way Jose

Zack Ryder


Fit Finlay

Lance Storm

Shane Helms

Mike Rotunda (IRS)

Billy Kidman

Pat Buck

Sarah Stock

Shawn Daivari

Scott Armstrong

Mike Chioda

Evidently WWE are cutting away some deadwood in terms of those that are rarely featured on television, and have very little going for them creatively. There’s currently no word on whether these superstars are expected to complete their 90 day no-compete clause. Dawson and Wilder of The Revival were excused from this typical caveat to their release, allowing them to potentially debut on AEW, or any other independent promotions currently operational.

We hope all former WWE superstars find success in the near future, once the pandemic passes. We will keep you as updated as we can as further announcements are made regarding staff cuts.

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