In a new reveal by WWE, they came to terms with the release of many stars which includes Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Kalisto, Mickie James, and former United States Champion Kalisto. The other wrestlers released–so far–are Chelsea Green, Tucker, Bo Dallas, and Wesley Blake.
In WWE style, they wished them the best in their future endeavors. The company is also updating its own site as more releases will come out. While these releases may not make fans happy, many WWE superstars let go in 2020 found brighter prospects at other organizations.
WWE has come to terms on the release of Samoa Joe, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Bo Dallas and Wesley Blake.
— WWE (@WWE) April 15, 2021
After Wrestlemania, WWE had what fans called Black Wednesday–which was also April 15–when over 20 superstars were released. Some, like Drake Maverick, were acquired back and some found new companies to work for. With how the COVID-19 vaccine is being used, it could be better for some wrestlers all-around.
It does come as a shock for wrestlers like Samoa Joe or Billie Kay. Joe had been wounded and moved to the commentary team. Billie had just been awarded a new gimmick and appeared to be over pretty well, even giving her a match at Wrestlemania.
With Joe, after the reshuffling of commentary teams, it seems like he was on the upswing and returns to in-ring performing. Even WWE made sure to note that Joe was still an “active member of the WWE roster,” earlier to the announcement of his release.
Wesley Blake is an unusual choice as he’s been rebranded more than a few times, starting out as a tag team with Buddy Murphy, then part of the Forgotten Sons, and then one of Corbin’s Knights.
This is far from the only releases that WWE has given this year. Back in March, WWE issued former NXT and United States Champion Andrade after being off TV since October.