Over the course of this long, sad, and very hard year for the entire pro-wrestling world and beyond, WWE has been forced several times to tinker with its rosters, firing several of its employees, who were both of the athlete sector, that of the producer, up to the offices and employees of the Stamford-based company.
As reported between April and May, in fact, the McMahon federation had come to "take out" over 100 on-screen employees and little-known characters behind the scenes, with a real black month and a bad period that hopefully is now definitively over.
Fortunately, however, in recent months it seems that something is changing for the better, with the WWE slowly reopening its shows to fans, (for the moment only in virtual mode with the ThuderDome), but with the next Royal Rumble that a apparently it could already have the first real fans inside it, since the last event held months and months ago, with a real audience.
If Brian Kendrick's return as a producer wasn't enough, two ex-wrestlers well-known to the WWE Universe audience are joining the federation's list of big backstage returns. As reported by the well-known website PW Insider, in fact, also Fit Finlay and Shane Helms have returned to fill their role within the WWE backstage, albeit in a different way.
After being furloughed back in April as part of the cost-cutting measures WWE took during the COVID-19 pandemic, PWInsider has reported that former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Shane Helms and Fit Finlay returned to WWE in their producers' roles.
Fit Finlay and Shane Helms are back working for WWE
Shane Helms was reportedly backstage at this past weekend's Survivor Series. He was also a producer on this week's episode of Monday Night RAW. Helms was on an episode of The Wrestling Inc.
Daily podcast where he confirmed to Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman that he was still furloughed by WWE when they spoke last month. However, Helms viewed it as him being released and was open-ended when it came to the idea of coming back to WWE.
Helms was most recently seen as part of The Elite Deletion Match at AEW Full Gear earlier this month. "Yeah, I guess it's a furloughing, until I go back. To me, it's the same thing as being released if I go back or whatever," Helms stated.
"April 15, Tax Day, of course, always sucks but it wasn't anything that was unexpected for me anyway. Kind of made sense since I was sitting at home doing nothing."