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WWE Releases: All of the RAW and SmackDown talent that have been LET GO today (21/09/23)

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In a surprising turn of events, WWE has once again made headlines with a series of releases from its main roster.

This marks the first significant wave of releases since November 2021. The wrestling community is abuzz with reactions, speculations, and concerns about the future of the released talents.

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WWE: The List of Released Talents

The following superstars from RAW and SmackDown have been let go:

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Elias
  • Mustafa Ali
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Top Dolla
  • Riddick Moss
  • Emma
  • Aliyah
  • Rick Boogs

It’s worth noting that no full-time NXT talents have been released as of the time of writing. However, there are whispers in the wrestling community that NXT might see some cuts later in the day.

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Behind the Scenes: The Bigger Picture

The recent releases come in the wake of WWE’s merger with UFC under the TKO Group Holdings banner. This merger was finalised on September 12th.

Following this significant business move, there were rumours circulating last week about WWE’s plans to make major cuts to its roster.

This speculation became a reality when over 100 office employees were let go by WWE on September 15th.

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A New Home for SmackDown

In another significant announcement, WWE revealed that the USA Network would be the new broadcasting home for Friday Night SmackDown starting in October 2024.

This new five-year deal with NBCUniversal is reportedly worth a staggering $1.4 billion.

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What Lies Ahead?

The wrestling world is no stranger to such releases, but they always bring a mix of emotions. While some fans are disappointed to see their favourite superstars leave, others are hopeful that these talents will find success elsewhere, possibly in rival promotions.

Only time will tell where these superstars will head next and how they will shape their careers post-WWE.

Jake Skudder
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