It’s almost that time of the year again where WWE makes some big budget cuts and although there are plenty of off-screen employees that lose their jobs, it’s the ones that compete in the ring that are under the microscope when they’ve been future endeavoured.
You can’t blame the company for doing it as it happens in every organisation. Plus, with WWE continuing to bring new stars in, they have to make room for them on their roster as well as staying within a budget.
Fans will know that numerous names are speculated to join the WWE at some stage – the biggest one being Adam Cole – along with other UK talents, so expect some names to be added to the chopping block in the coming month.
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Here are the five that are in most danger of exiting the WWE.
#5 – PAIGE - RAW
Paige is an interesting case, and it comes as no real surprise as to why she makes the list in the first place.
There’s no denying her talent and the potential she had; being one of the most exciting new female stars suggested the women’s division was going to be in safe hands. However, her off-screen personal troubles have been very well-documented and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see WWE distance themselves from her.
She has been portrayed in a negative light for months now, and perhaps she’s gone too far in ever getting in their good books again. Although, there is a movie releasing based on her life which is being produced by The Rock, so perhaps that’s the only saving grace for her.
That’s if she wants to stay with the company, while Alberto El Patron isn't helping her cause either.
#4 – RHYNO - RAW
The move to Monday Night RAW in the superstar-shake up was perhaps the worst thing that could have happened to the 41-year-old.
On SmackDown LIVE he was a one-time tag team champion alongside Heath Slater, and the gulf in class in the tag team division between the two rosters is visible for all to see. Had he stayed on SmackDown, perhaps he’d get more television time.
RAW has a stacked roster, and with so many top teams already on the show it’s hard to see where he fits in, and that can be said about a singles run too. Politics does play a big role in his personal life, though, so it may not come as a huge surprise should he leave.
#3 – HOHO LUN – 205 LIVE
It’s clear that the blue brand should have been the home for the cruiserweights, and trying to cram them all into a three-hour episode of RAW doesn’t benefit anybody.
The reason fans tune into 205 Live is because they’ve seen some exciting stars compete on RAW, so it’s obvious that guys like Neville, Rich Swann, Austin Aries and Mustafa Ali are going nowhere; it’s those that have hardly featured that are in grave danger.
HoHo Lun wasn’t exactly the most exciting star from the Cruiserweight Classic, and he only has one NXT appearance to his name since then. There are plenty of big-names in the division he needs to overcome, and it looks highly unlikely that he will ever get that chance.
Don’t be surprised if he isn’t the only cruiserweight to lose his job in the budget cuts.
#2 WESLEY BLAKE – NXT
At one stage, Blake had big things going for him in the tag team division alongside Buddy Murphy, but the only one that benefited from their group was Alexa Bliss who is now the RAW Women’s Champion.
It was the destructive Samoa Joe who last shared a ring with him, and Blake hasn’t been seen since as he prepares for fatherhood. The disadvantage he has is that NXT continued to grow and more names continue to arrive.
Based on his current booking, it looks impossible that he can leapfrog the likes of Aleister Black, Roderick Strong or Drew McIntyre; and the newer acquisitions are proving to be more valuable than he is and when there’s no direction for somebody on NXT and repackaging them doesn’t work, there’s only one thing left to do.
#1 – EVA MARIE – SMACKDOWN LIVE
This one seems like a guarantee, as it’s probably a matter of when and not if in terms of Eva Marie exiting the WWE.
While she was never the best of in-ring workers, there was certainly plenty of intrigue on how WWE would book her on the blue brand where she did have the potential of being the biggest heel that draws the most heat.
One suspension turned it all around, though, and she hasn’t been seen since. It’s being claimed that she’s pursuing a Hollywood career now and has removed all links to WWE from her social media which probably hints that WWE will announce the exit sooner rather than later.
Who do you think will leave WWE in the next budget cuts? Have YOUR say in the comments section below and the second episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here! Check out the inside info from our coverage in Orlando. https://soundcloud.com/user-818579649/givemesport-inside-wrestlemania-33
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