The biggest news overshadowing current storylines in the WWE right now concerns that of the mass firings that have just occurred.Big names such as Damien Sandow & Wade Barrett have been released amongst six other superstars as their contracts have either been, expired, or not renewed, or the wrestlers’ contracts have simply been terminated.
WWE controlling superstars 24/7?
Perhaps most alarmingly would be WWE women’s wrestler ‘Cameron’, as she was recently seen tweeting in support of superstar Ryback who has been complaining about pay disputes with the WWE. Arguably one might argue this is an indirect point regarding how WWE does not take kindly to its superstars discussing the company within social media.
This was also something which former WWE superstar CM Punk highlighted in his podcast with Colt Cabana back in 2014, stating that WWE is ‘Bipolar’ and won’t allow superstars to speak ill of the company, essentially playing their characters on a constant basis, inside and outside of the ring.
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The most disappointing part of this story pertains to the misuse of superstars within the company. Wade Barrett was again placed into the ‘League of Nations’ stable (having been a part of various stables for the majority of his tenure with WWE) only to be last seen on WWE programming getting kicked out of the stable in a dramatic scene.
Then shortly after his contract was not renewed. Whilst this particular situation appears to be amicable between Barrett and the company, it just seems to suggest that Barrett has a disinterest in performing with the WWE in the future, which may be an indication that he too feels misused within the company.
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Damien Sandow is another key example of misuse. WWE fans have been clamouring online for Sandow to receive airtime, and yet, his last appearance on the program was at WrestleMania 32 was an entrant in the ‘Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal’.
This decision seems to have come as somewhat of a surprise to many fans and wrestling news sources, myself included. WWE could have done significantly more with his character.
Options for them going forward
So what’s next for these superstars?
Well, there is, of course, the option of working with direct rival TNA, who have recently lost talents such as Eric Young to WWE, so they will certainly be looking for new talent. Securing previous superstars from their rivals will look fantastic for their promotion, especially since they have successfully done so with major talents such as Bobby Lashley, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy to name a few.
Alternatively, there are the independent circuits with famous promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling, where big names such as AJ Styles became famous the world over. One thing is for certain with many of these superstars, there is a bright future for many in the wrestling industry; should they choose to pursue their careers elsewhere.