The recent release of WWE superstars Mustafa Ali and Dana Brooke has ruffled feathers within the WWE NXT brand. Several insiders have conveyed dissatisfaction with the decision, noting a lack of communication between the main roster and NXT, the company's developmental brand.
Fightful Select shed light on this discontent by talking to sources within the NXT brand. One poignant detail was the company's supposed desire to integrate main roster talent into NXT. The release of Brooke and Ali, both of whom have spent a considerable portion of their careers on the main roster, came as a shock to many.
Particularly striking was the decision to release Ali just ahead of his scheduled bout at the WWE premium live event, No Mercy. He was poised to go toe-to-toe with the NXT North American Champion, Dominik Mysterio. This followed Ali's significant win over Dragon Lee, positioning him as the No.
1 contender. With Ali's exit, Trick Williams will now challenge Mysterio. Ali's match against Lee stands as his last appearance with the company. On September 21, the WWE confirmed the release of Brooke and Ali, accompanied by other major talents including Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, Matt Riddle, and Elias.
Shawn Michaels, during the No Mercy media call, candidly admitted that these releases have compelled the brand to re-strategize. Michaels, the SVP of Talent Development Creative, highlighted Brooke's commendable enthusiasm for more in-ring action.
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Dana Brooke's dedication and professional approach were echoed by many backstage sources. She has been recognized and celebrated as a former WWE 24/7 Champion and revered for her commitment to the sport.
Brooke was entwined in a gripping storyline with fellow gymnast and rising star Kelani Jordan. Jordan is set to make her mark at No Mercy, facing Blair Davenport. The WWE's decision has undeniably stirred emotions within the community.
As the story continues to unfold, fans and insiders alike will be eager to see how NXT adapts and evolves in the wake of these significant departures.