Alberto Del Rio's former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez has become the latest in a long line of WWE releases following their latest WWE Network subscribers count.
WWE announced that their subscribers were up to 700,000 which is an improvement on the last count in April when the total was 667,000. Even though there was an increase in subscribers, there was a feeling around WWE that releases were inevitable.
Rodriguez seems to be the only big name release so far with many backstage and Network operators looking over their shoulder, after the likes of Evan Bourne, Drew Macintyre, Aksana, Jinder Mahal and JTG were all released a few months ago as WWE's money crisis continued.
Rodriguez and WWE respond
Rodriquez was also positioned with Rob Van Dam for a while and tweeted about his release:
"I have come to terms with WWE on my release. I want to thank them for a great 4 years. But I miss wrestling."
"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Ricardo Rodriguez as of today, July 30, 2014. WWE wishes Ricardo Rodriguez the best in all of his future endeavors."
The former NXT wrestler has been seen on the Spanish commentary panel for many of the last pay-per-views and never got back onto WWE TV after his time with RVD and suspension for violation of the wellness policy.
As well as talent releases, many WWE films that were set to begin shooting in recent weeks have been postponed until WWE can find a way out of the latest money situation.
The Network itself is scheduled for an October release here in the UK meaning we should have it in time for Hell in a Cell. But Summerslam marks the six month period where most of the subscribers who signed up back in February when it was launched will decide whether or not to renew and this is one of WWE's biggest problems.
Summerslam has to be an epic pay-per-view in order to not only entice new subscribers over but in order to make sure they keep hold of the old ones. Shows like Legends House and Total Divas have been added to the listings in the hope that will keep the Universe occupied but Raw is still not available as a catch up, it being the flag-ship show, it will be the one many people will watch to catch up if they have fallen behind.
It seems the coming weeks will hold answers for many current WWE staff but the Universe are no closer to predicting the future of the company and whether or not the Network would be considered a success.