Over the past couple of years, WWE has accustomed us to frequent waves of layoffs. Many were expecting a new medium to a long list in the post WrestleMania period and this expectation was met this evening when some releases related to the NXT roster were announced.
As always, it was Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp who revealed the names in question. Among the best-known Superstars to have been released is Dakota Kai, one of the protagonists of the rebirth of the women's division at NXT, having participated in key events such as the first Mae Young Classic and the War Games.
Dakota Kai leaves WWE as a two-time NXT duo champion, with the latest reign starting at Stand & Deliver just a few weeks ago and as the winner of the first female Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Joe Gacy's follower, former Parker Boudreaux, had been seen by many as the new Brock Lesnar, but the fighter seems to have not met the expectations created perhaps too early.
WWE fires 10 superstars
Parker Boudreaux (f.k.a Harland in WWE) took to Twitter to break his silence following his WWE release and showcase the return of his former persona. Harland was one of the many NXT stars released during the latest round of reported budget cuts.
Parker Boudreaux joined WWE in February 2021 after gaining a lot of attention for his physical similarities to Brock Lesnar. Among the released talents also appears Malcolm Bivens, mentor of the Diamond Mine since its creation.
It was revealed that in February Bivens turned down a new contract and let the company know of his intention not to continue working for them. Two other wrestlers constantly on TV who have been fired are Persia Pirrotta and Dexter Lumis, starring in various comedy segments with Indi Hartwell and Duke Hudson.
Dexter Lumis experienced a period of quiet notoriety last year thanks to a feud with The Way and the creation of the couple InDex. Below is the complete list of layoffs from NXT: Dakota Kai, Harland, Malcolm Bivens, Dexter Lumis, Persia Pirrotta, Draco Anthony, Paige Prinzivalli, Sanjana George, Mila Malani, Raelyn Divine.
The motivation for these releases has, as usual, been attributed to budget cuts. Currently, no Raw and SmackDown talent has been fired. Stay tuned for more details. Boudreaux was a trending name when he was picked up by WWE, as the company also seemingly had high hopes from the aspiring wrestler.