With WrestleMania 34 in the books, the WWE has left many fans surprised that they still haven’t released any notable names from their stacked roster.
That happens every year and doesn’t really come as a surprise when names are let go from their contracts, whether they’re struggling to make an impact on the main roster or whether they’ve been down in NXT.
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It’s obvious that due to their in-depth rosters on Monday Night RAW and SmackDown LIVE, there are a handful of names that could benefit from leaving and carving out much bigger careers on the independent scene.
However, Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer has stated that the WWE could be hesitant in releasing superstars in the fear that one of them could end up as the next Cody Rhodes.
Cody, as we know, was forced to ditch the surname when he left the Stardust gimmick behind in WWE and embarked on a career on the indie circuit which has been nothing short of remarkable so far.
He’s been instrumental in creating the ‘All In’ event which sold 10,000 tickets for the show in Chicago in less than 30 minutes.
Although that is impressive, Alvarez claimed on Wrestling Observer Live that the event isn’t what has WWE worried - but the fact that any star they release could end up as big as Cody who could end up extremely valuable elsewhere.
According to Ringside News, he said: “They [WWE] are at a point where they don’t have to fire anybody.
“And if you look at the situation with All In, the concern is not so much if they fire - let me throw out a random name that’s not being used much, Mike Bennett. I’m not saying they should fire Mike Bennett, I’m just saying him because that’s who everyone emails me about.
“I mean, if they fire him, I don’t think they’re gravely concerned that he would get booked for All In and they would sell a bunch of tickets.
“I think the big concern is one of the three guys who is arranging All In is Cody Rhodes, who ended up leaving the company an he is a way bigger star than he ever was in WWE.”
There’s no denying that Cody has done well for himself since leaving Vince McMahon’s organisation.
At the same time, it’s clear why WWE will be hesitant to see anybody go as they could be handing the independent scene a star that could end up as the next Cody - the best thing going outside of WWE.
It sounds like it’s too big of a risk to take.
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