The WWE roster seems to have no peace in this 2021: after the first wave of layoffs that involved the main roster in April and then NXT in May, June proved to be a new month of firing when the Stamford-based federation announced, at the beginning of the month, the farewell of some very big names like Braun Strowman and Aleister Black.
This week the same fate befell 14 NXT fighters. In fact, Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari, Marina Shafir, Arturo Ruas, Curt Stallion, Ever-Rise, August Gray and Tino Sabbatelli abandoned the company, but also some fighters we had already seen in Raw or SmackDown like Killian Dain, the Singh Brothers and Tyler Breeze and Breezango's Fandango.
Apparently, before the release, important ideas for some of them had been discussed at NXT. In fact, Fightful Select reports that Arturo Ruas and Marina Shafir (faces already known in that of Raw Underground) had to be two of the original members of the Diamond Mine, the stable that debuted this week at the end of the last episode of the black and gold show.
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The new group, presented through cartoons with a clear mixed martial arts approach, would have been enriched by the presence of Arturo Ruas, a former champion in jujitsu and wrestling, and by Marina Shafir, a member of the Four Horsewomen of MMA together with Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke.
Furthermore, Marina Shafir is the wife of Roderick Strong, the one who was presented as the leader of this stable, who was seen on-screen together with Shafir to present his resignation (in storyline) a few months ago. Diamond Mine made his debut in the last episode of NXT attacking Kushida after the end of the main event which saw the Japanese fighter defeated by Kyle O'Reilly.
The faction made its entrance into the arena while O'Reilly was engaged in a fight with rival Adam Cole and bet the Cruiserweight Championship held by Kushida. Diamond Mine presented itself to the public as a stable composed of Roderick Strong, Tyler Rust and the Japanese star Hideki Suzuki, with the presence of Malcolm Bivens in the role of manager.
In April, after WrestleMania, WWE released a variety of names including Samoa Joe, The IIconics, Chelsea Green, Mickie James, Tucker, Bo Dallas and Mojo Rawley. WWE would then go on to release a further group of even more surprising superstars, with Braun Strowman, Buddy Murphy, Lana, Ruby Riott, Aleister Black and Santana Garrett also being let go.