Last week, WWE fans were shocked to hear the news that Damien Sandow had been released by the company. He was among eight superstars to be released last Friday, which included Wade Barrett, Santino Marella, Alex Riley, Zeb Colter, El Torito, Cameron, and Hornswoggle.
Although he wasn't being used much by the company because creative had nothing for him, many members of the WWE Universe believed Sandow's job was safe because of how over he was with the crowd whenever he performed.
Yet, as we found out last Friday, this was not the case and the reasoning for his removal from the company is starting to emerge, and it's borderline ridiculous.
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Via NoDQ: "According to PWInsiderElite.com, WWE made it clear to Sandow that he was not being released because of anything he did, instead he was let go because of timing issues. Apparently WWE felt it was time to "freshen things up" on their active talent roster."
This is partly true in some way because the WWE has had an influx of new talent in the WWE, with the likes of AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, The Vaudevillians, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows making their debuts on the main roster.
All those listed above are likely to be involved in a major storyline or a title storyline at some point in the future if they haven't, or aren't, currently involved in one already. Yet this isn't exactly a good reason to get rid of Sandow in my eyes.
Considering Sandow was over with the WWE Universe thanks to his stunt double gimmick when he was Mizdow alongside The Miz, creative should have capitalized upon this to cash-in on his connection with the crowd. It's a valuable asset that all superstars wish to have but sometimes, only a few manage to achieve it.
Considering, too, that they "freshened up" Darren Young with a new gimmick about making him great again when he never was great, you have to wonder why they gave up on Sandow so easily when they could have done the same thing. They could have brought back his old gimmick when he was The Intellectual Savior of the Masses and given that another run.
Freshen things up could also mean pushing talent that deserves it because they're over with the crowd. How much Sandow is loved has already shown since his release due to the amount of support he has been shown by fans and the fact he already has multiple independent wrestling bookings.
WWE should never have released Damien Sandow, and their reasoning is borderline ridiculous.