Due to the global pandemic from covid-19, a disease that has literally devastated the entire planet, becoming one of the viral diseases to claim the most victims in recent centuries, WWE has reluctantly had to go and fire several professionals in every sector of the federation, making a total of over 300 releases between 2020 and 2021.
Among all these layoffs, were wrestlers, referees, road agents, office employees, executives, security officers, managers of the marketing sector and other important categories, who with the closure of the live events found themselves from one day to the other without a future in the McMahon-owned rings, nor in the backstage.
Among the many illustrious names fired for these reasons, were the various Rusev, Lana, Braun Strowman, Bo Dallas, Aleister Black, Zack Ryder, Kurt Angle, Mickie James and many many others. As it turns out, it may not have ended this way, with the future of WWE looking more and more hazy and dark as time goes on.
Will WWE be back on firing staff soon?
After the latest heavy, surprising and devastating waves of releases, WWE may return to cut its staff, this time however not from the roster performing on-screen, but as far as backstage staff are concerned.
As reported in the last few hours by the well-known Fightful Select podcast, WWE would now have targeted several other areas in which to cut, such as the marketing department, the shop area, customer service and several other fields dedicated to the final customer of the federation.
Despite this, the internal thought is that several people who have been fired already in the last year and a half could soon return to the company, given that there is a good chance that the federation will soon return to travel outside the States as well perhaps returning to European or Asian tours and also returning to Saudi Arabia.
In all of this, WWE still had its highest profit ever in this year and a half of the pandemic, with revenues coming from television contracts that have never been higher in its history. While speaking on the Those Wrestling Girls podcast, Chelsea Green claimed she was open to a WWE return.
However, she added the comeback would only happen if she was offered the Lilly gimmick by the company. She said: "Honestly if they called me and said do you want to be Lilly, I would in a heartbeat. Because that is totally the type of character that I just feel like we need to see, and I want to be that person."