When announcing NXT UK’s move to the new NXT Europe This morning Shawn Michaels didn’t directly address the state of the current roster in London.
We are now discovering that for some of these people, the decision has already been made. Several talents tweeted this afternoon (August 18th) that they have been laid off from their WWE contracts.
As of today, I am no longer under contract with WWE. It was a wild experience and I’m grateful for everything you’ve given me – I’m excited for what’s coming and I can’t wait to get back on that loop and get going!
– Wild Boar (WILDBOARhitch) August 18 2022
As of today, WWE and I have dealt with the terms of my release.
I would like to thank them for all the opportunities they have given me over the past five years and for taking care of me through injury.
Excited to see what’s next
See you all soon.
– Flash Morgan Webster (@Flash_Morgan) August 18 2022
so thankful to Tweet embed To allow me to entertain thousands every week. This is just a bump in the road for me and I only believe that. I have a chip to prove and I will do everything I can to be able to get back to where I belong. I will come back later! pic.twitter.com/mGpPXup97G
– Rohan Raja (@RohanRajaWWE) August 18 2022
Honestly, none of those come as much of a surprise. You could see someone like Mark Andrews as a solid middleweight for the major NXT brand outside of Florida, but even under Triple H, WWE’s future won’t include many younger players in their 30s.
It’s also not clear if some of these releases are the result of Mawaheb’s unwillingness to move to the US, or wait until next year when NXT Europe launches. Recently we have seen many wrestlers like Tyler BateBlair Davenport gallus Appearing on NXT 2.0, and others like Charlie Dempsey Rumored to head there.
There certainly don’t seem to be any hard feelings from Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster, Wild Burr, Jack Stars, Sha Samuels, Ashton Smith, Millie Mackenzie, Dave Mastiff, Nina Samuels, Primate, Danny Luna, Rohan Raja, Kenny Williams, Sam Gradwell or Emir Jordan – But that probably wouldn’t be the outlet in which they would express those even if it was there. It’s best not to burn any bridges, especially when there is a chance of rejoining the company in the future if NXT Europe is successful and you need to go deep into the roster.
Far from this possibility, the next step for these guys is going to be interesting. For a variety of reasons (there are WWE, COVID, and the #SpeakingOut movement among them), the UK scene isn’t as hot or full of options as it was when WWE planted their flag in the country in 2016.
For now, we wish them well and keep you posted.
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