The effects of the global pandemic forced WWE to take a series of drastic measures to stay alive. Over the past two years, the Stamford federation has released a large number of talent and insiders behind the scenes, with the aim of tackling the crisis and not wasting money.
Shortly before the latest episode of SmackDown, Vince McMahon's company fired several NXT superstars to general dismay. Dexter Lumis, Dakota Kai, Harland, Malcolm Bivens, Persia Pirrotta, Draco Anthony, Paige Prinzivalli, Sanjana George, Mila Malani and Raelyn Divine were the ones who lost their places in the company.
According to reports from the 'Fightful Select' portal, there is great frustration backstage and it seems that the writers/producers were not aware of this new wave of releases. Host of the 'Smack Talk' show on Sportskeeda, former WWE manager Dutch Mantell expressed his views on the subject.
"There is a rumor that writers and producers were very upset, as they were unaware of this new wave of layoffs. WWE executives had certainly asked them about superstar opinions, but evidently, their suggestions weren't heeded.
We understand that Vince McMahon and his collaborators make decisions independently, regardless of the thoughts of others. If you don't like WWE politics, get another job. This is their approach” - Dutch Mantell analyzed.
Dutch Mantell on recent releases
Dutch Mantell also talked about Triple H's retirement: “We are obviously all sorry that a legend of his caliber is retiring, but it is up to everyone sooner or later. I listened to his interview with Stephen A.
Smith, in which he said he risked dying. His condition was quite delicate when he arrived at the hospital, it was certainly not a walk in the park. I am happy that the doctors identified the problem right away. If he had played another match, he could have died in the ring.
I'm sorry that he can't fight anymore, but I'm glad he's fine now." According to a report from Fightful Select, John Laurinaitis is the person behind the latest round of releases, and he cited budget cuts as the reason.
The superstars have a 30-day non-compete clause, which means they can't wrestle anywhere else for the stipulated period. The report also mentions that Malcolm Bivens, who managed Diamond Mine, told the company that he wasn't planning on re-signing after his contract expired.
He allegedly turned down an offer for a new deal back in February. Former NXT Women's Tag Team Champion Dakota Kai was also not planning on renewing her contract with WWE. It's believed that she saw the release coming.