On Thursday June 12 the WWE cut ties with 10 of their employees, ranging from Drew McIntyre to Theodore Long.
The releases came as a method of cutting costs due to the WWE Network not being as successful as the company wanted it to be/ Theodore Long opted not to renew his contract whilst the WWE included some more surprising names in Drew McIntyre and Evan Bourne.
The other cuts included Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins, Camacho, Yoshi Tatsu and referee Marc Harris.
Two other names were a lot more debatable, Brodus Clay was out of his comedy gimmick whilst many believe Aksana should have kept her job and Rosa Mendes should have been cut, but ultimately her role on the upcoming season of Total Divas played a major role.
But the releases weren’t a massive talking point backstage, what was a talking point was that superstars believed CM Punk was a superstar that should have been one of the competitors to be released.
Some wrestlers were left frustrated that the WWE refused to release CM Punk after he mentioned that he was now retired and it didn’t look as if he would be returning to the squared circle any time soon.
It was also reported that CM Punk’s WWE deal actually makes him a lot more in one year that what most of the lower level talent would ever earn in around five years, showing just how valuable Punk was to the company.
The wrestler’s frustrations are understandable, the company does need to move forward and focus on other talent rather than waiting on CM Punk to return, which he might not even do. The WWE could save a lot more money terminating Punk’s contract in the long run, albeit he still makes the company a lot of money through merchandise sales and they wouldn’t want him to compete for any other company.
CM Punk – who married AJ Lee earlier this week in a small, private affair – may see his WWE contract renewed without his permission. As he, alongside all other talent have a clause in their contract which allows the company to renew any deal if the company believes the superstar or diva owes them time due to injury or any other reason.
As CM Punk walked out, he owes the WWE some time and they could exercise that option.
It would make CM Punk a lot of money due to him still being paid to sit at home, including merchandise royalties whilst the WWE would also make some money.
But that wouldn’t keep the roster happy, with CM Punk still being relevant in the WWE after his behaviour over the past six months.
The quicker the two sides move on, the better it will be for all involved and for the current frustrated superstars.
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