In a surprising move, WWE announced sweeping talent cuts on September 21st, 2023. This unexpected decision has seen some prominent names exit the global wrestling powerhouse. Nevertheless, fans will get a treat in the form of a special farewell match for one of the departing superstars.
NXT's standout, Ikemen Jiro, is the talk of the town. The 31-year-old dynamo, who first graced the NXT stage in December 2020, has unfortunately joined the list of those released. During his tenure with NXT, Jiro formed the celebrated tag team 'Jacket Time' with Kushida.
The duo not only battled in NXT's non-televised events but also left a mark in the NXT LVL Up series.
Jiro's Final Showdown
The eve before NXT aired live on the USA Network, the September 22 LVL Up episode was diligently recorded at WWE's state-of-the-art Performance Center.
While matches featuring Ivy Nile, Izzy Dame, Fallon Henley, and Arianna Grace are highly anticipated, the buzz is undeniably about Ikemen Jiro's swansong match. Although Jiro's opponent remains a closely guarded secret, this last showdown promises to be a riveting watch for NXT LVL Up viewers tonight.
In another staggering development, WWE stalwart Dolph Ziggler has been released. For fans, this was a bolt from the blue. Since his debut in 2004, 'The Showoff' has built an illustrious 19-year career, boasting an array of titles - two-time World Heavyweight Champion, six-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time United States Champion, four-time Tag Team Champion, and once, the NXT Champion.
Remarkably, Ziggler has battled in 1,554 TV matches, placing him in a record-breaking third place in WWE's all-time list. As news of his release spread, industry heavyweights like Big E, The Rock, John Cena, and CJ Perry poured out their admiration and good wishes for Ziggler.
As the wrestling community digests these revelations, the anticipation builds for what these exceptional talents will conquer next in the world of professional wrestling.
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