WWE has officially announced the releases of five of their developmental wrestlers, with some of the decisions little more surprising than others.

Although the WWE and many of the fans continue to emphasise that the future of the WWE lies in NXT there's no guarantee that every single talent will make their main roster debut and go on to bigger and better things.

Sadly for the five talents that have been released, their WWE journey has ended and they will now begin looking for work elsewhere.

The most recent release is Sarah Backman - who was going by the ring name of Shara. The 22-year-old is from Stockholm, Sweden and the former arm wrestling champion signed her developmental contract with the WWE in March of 2013 but has failed to advance her career.

She requested to be released and the WWE have granted her request.

Sarah Backman isn't the only diva to leave the organization over the past couple of days.

Shaul Guerrero has also seen her NXT careed ended.

 Going by the name of Raquel Diaz - Guerrero is the daughter of former WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero and the current General Manager of Friday Night SmackDown Vickie Guerrero.

This isn't the first time Guerrero has been released either. In September of 2012 she requested to be released from the company and they obliged, only to return a year later.

There were rumours at the time that Guerrero didn't actually request her release, but simply wanted time off to attend school.

This time round she was scheduled to be the manager of Baron Corbin, another NXT superstar who had recently been repackaged under a biker gimmick, and they recently took part in a photo shoot to promote Corbin. It looks as if she didn't convince the WWE enough to warrant a position on the roster however.

Along with the divas three British superstars have been released from the WWE. The first being Danny Burch, real name Martin Harris.

The 32-year-old from London signed with the company in late 2011 but failed to make any sort of impact, having only been used sporadically as an enhancement superstar. 

A release was always inevitable and the WWE finally made the decision to let him go recently.

The final two releases are the more surprising ones.

Firstly, Joel Pettyfer who you may know as Oliver Grey is no longer with the WWE.

Grey was touted for big things upon his arrival in 2012 as the 27-year-old from Exeter teamed up with fellow Brit and current NXT Champion Adrian Neville to form 'British Ambition'.

The duo took on The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in the finals of the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament and were crowned as the inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions.

Unfortunately for Grey, he was injured and kept off TV for more than a year before returning in a losing effort to Camacho, which was followed by his imminent release. 

The final NXT superstar to be released is Barri Griffiths.

The 32-year-old former Gladiator from Tremadog in Wales is widely known by his ring name Mason Ryan.

Ryan had a brilliant debut on the main roster in the WWE - as you can see in the video above, Ryan hit a big boot to CM Punk as he defeated John Cena via disqualification.

The Welshman then went on to hit the 'House of Pain' on John Cena before the remainder of The New Nexus in David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty - now Curtis Axel - and Husky Harris who was later repackaged as Bray Wyatt, came out to the ring to defend their leader in Punk.

Punk then acknowledged Ryan as the newest member of the New Nexus.

Unfortunately for the Brit that was the highlight of his career. He was sent to NXT to hone his skills and recently lost to Tyson Kidd on an episode of the show.

The news of the releases comes after former Pro Wrestling Noah superstar Kenta - the inventor of CM Punk's Go To Sleep finisher - was rumoured to be signing a deal with the WWE.

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