Check all the list of Recent WWE releases in 2021 including its Superstar wrestlers, Producers, Referees, Presenters and other employees.
Recent WWE Releases List
- Adam Cole on 27 August
- Broson Reed on 6 August
- Bobby Fish on 6 August
- Desmond Troy on 6 August
- Leon Ruff on 6 August
- Tyler Rust on 6 August
- Jake Altas on 6 August
- Mercedes Martinez on 6 August
- Asher Hale on 6 August
- Gain Zanjeer on 6 August
- Zechariah on 6 August
- Kona Reeves on 6 August
- Air Sterling on 6 August
- Ric Flair on 2 August
- Bray Wyatt on 31 July 2021
- Arturo Ruas on 25 June 2021
- Marina Shafir on 25 June 2021
- Killian Dain on 25 June 2021
- Tino Sabbatelli on 25 June 2021
- Sunil Singh of Bollywood Boyz on 25 June 2021
- Samir Singh of Bollywood Boyz on 25 June 2021
- Curt Stallion on 25 June 2021
- Fandango on 25 June 2021
- Tyler Breeze on 25 June 2021
- Ariya Daivari on 25 June 2021
- Tony Nese on 25 June 2021
- August Grey on 25 June 2021
- Chase Parker on 25 June 2021
- Matt Martel on 25 June 2021
- Braun Strowman on 2 June 2021
- Aleister Black on 2 June 2021
- Ruby Riott on 2 June 2021
- Lana on 2 June 2021
- Buddy Murphy on 2 June 2021
- Santana Garret on 2 June 2021
WWE Backstage & Other Releases
- Stephon Smith – NXT Referee
- JoJo (Joseann Alexie Offerman) – Ring Announcer
- Jeff Jarret – Backstage Producer
- Canyon Ceman – Senior Vice President of Talent Development
- Kenice Mobley – WWE RAW Writer
- Tom Phillips – WWE RAW Commentator
- Adnan Virk – WWE RAW Commentator
- Susan Levison – Senior Vice President & Head of WWE Studios
- Dan Humphreys – International Vice President of Communications
- Brian Pellegatto – Senior Vice President of Production
- Jay Rosenstock – Executive Vice President of International.
- Makham Nolan – Vice President of Media Operations
- James Wortman – Digital Media
- Adnan Virk – WWE RAW Commentator
- Jaylar Donlan – Executive Vice President of WWE’s Advanced Media Group
- Drake Younger/Drake Wuertz – NXT Referee
- Jake Clemons – NXT Referee
- Mark Carrano – Senior Director of Talent Relations
- Nicole Zeoli – Director of Talent Relations
- Mead Rust – Vice President of Communications
- Joe Villa – Manager of Publicity and Corporate Communications
Bronson Reed signed with WWE in January 2019 and came into the limelight with his appearance in the NXT Breakout tournament that year. He got a serious push late in 2020, which saw him winning the NXT North American Title in May 2020. He later dropped the title to Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in June amid the rumours of main roster call-up. He also worked a few dark matches before RAW and SmackDown and even appeared on the WWE Main Event show. But the main roster call-up never came up. Reed’s last match came on the 21 July episode NXT show where he lost to Adam Cole. Reed was released as part of NXT restructuring and budget cuts.
WWE ended their contract with Hall of Famer Ric Flair after the Nature Boy asked for it. While there have been reports that Flair was frustrated with some booking decisions, Flair himself cleared that he was to venture into other business interests. Flair revealed, “It was a mutually agreed-upon decision and I will be moving forward to pursue other exciting endeavours such as my own line of wine, my own network, as well as comic books.” Flair had signed a new deal with WWE in 2020.
In another shocking decision by WWE, Bray Wyatt was released from his contract on 31 July 2021. Wyatt signed with WWE very early in his professional wrestling career. He was part of FCW from 2009 and was part of NXT in its early days in 2012 as the Wyatt Family Head. On the main roster, Wyatt created multiple versions of his characters with The Fiend the latest creation of his mind. Wyatt is a former WWE Champion and Universal Champion. Before being released, Wyatt’s last appearance in WWE came at WrestleMania 37, where he lost to Randy Orton in his Fiend avatar.
Fandango has had a long association with WWE. He signed with the company in 2006 and worked in WWE’s various developmental brands like Deep South Wrestling, FCW, and then NXT under the ring name Johnny Curtis. He debuted on SmackDown as Fandango in 2012. Although his entrance and theme song were a hit with the fans, he failed to replicate the success in-ring and in storylines. He later formed a tag team with Tyler Breeze in 2016 named Breezango. Fandango would eventually move back to NXT in 2019 and would work there until his release in June 2021. Breezango is one-time NXT Tag Team Champions also.
Tyler Breeze worked in WWE for more than 10 years. He signed in 2010 to work in FCW and later appeared in NXT also. Breeze would debut on SmackDown in October 2015. He would later form a tag team with Fandango and continued to feature on the brand until 2018. Breeze would later return to NXT in 2019 and went on to win NXT Tag Team Championship with Fandango in 2020. He was released in June 2021 as part of a budget cut exercise.
Ariya Daivari signed with WWE in 2016 and debuted on RAW the same year as part of the Cruiserweight Classics tournament. He would later move to 205 Live and worked there until his release in 2021.
Curt Stallion spent less than a year in WWE. He was signed by WWE in October 2020 and worked in 205 Live. His debut came in a Gauntlet match on 16 October 2020, which he won by defeating Ariya Daivari last. However, he only appeared in a handful of matches after that before being released in June 2021.
Arturo Ruas was part of WWE releases on 25 June 2021. He signed WWE Developmental contract back in 2015 and went on to make NXT debut in July 2016. Ruas was called to WWE RAW and appeared on RAW Underground. He was later drafted to WWE RAW in draft 2020 but did not make an appearance after that. His last match in WWE came on the 18 November 2020 episode of NXT where he was defeated by Kushida.
One of the four horsewomen of MMA, Shafir signed with WWE in 2018. She made her WWE TV debut later that year at Evolution PPV. Shafir mainly worked as one of the sidekicks for Shayna Baszler during her NXT run. Shafir was released on 25 June 2021. Her last match in WWE was in March 2021 where she teamed up with Zoey Stark in the first round of Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classics.
Killian Dain, real name Damian Mackle, signed with WWE in 2016 and made his debut with the company later that year. In 2017, he aligned himself with the stable Sanity and was later called up to SmackDown. After the stable flopped on SmackDown, he returned to NXT as a singles wrestler in 2019. Dain was released in June 2021 with his last match coming on 8 June 2021 against Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
Tino Sabbatelli signed with NXT back in October 2020 for the second time. However, he never made an onscreen appearance in his second NXT run and was released on 25 June 2021.
The Bollywood Boyz
Bollywood Boyz confirmed that WWE had ended their contract via Twitter. Their last match came on 18 May 2021 episode of 205 Live in their defeat to August Grey and Ikemen Jiro. Sunil & Samir joined WWE back in 2016 and made appearances in the Cruiserweight Classics tournament. They moved to RAW and started working as the managers/sidekicks of Jinder Mahal and were an instrumental part of his gimmick. With Mahal suffering back to back injuries, they were moved back to 205 Live in 2019 where they worked until their release.
Former Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese was let go from WWE with 25 June 2021 mass releases. Nese debut with WWE in Cruiserweight Classics tournament in 2016. He has been an active member of 205 Live in the last four years and won the Cruiserweight title at WrestleMania 35. He also wrestled occasionally on NXT shows also. Nese was released as part of the budget cut exercise. His last match came in a defeat against Ikeman Jiro on 15 June episode of 205 Live.
August Grey signed with WWE in August 2020 and worked in NXT and 205 Live. His debut came in 205 Live episode on 16 October in a Gauntlet match. Grey’s last match in WWE came on 205 Live episode of 22 June 2021. He was released as part of the budget cut exercise.
Ever Rise entered the world of WWE as an enhancement talent to face The Revival at 27 April episode of NXT. They were later invited to tryouts in the same year. However, they were signed only in 2019 and made several appearances in NXT and 205 Live. They were released on 25 June 2021 in a budget cut exercise by WWE.
Braun Strowman was let go from his WWE contract on 2 June 2021. The reason given for his release was budget cuts. Strowman joined WWE in 2015 and went to become WWE Universal Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and RAW Tag Team Champion, as well as winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, Money in the Bank briefcase and The Greatest Royal Rumble. Strowman was reportedly fired because of his $1 million value contract since WWE did not see that much value in him.
Aleister Black was another shocking WWE release on 2 June 2021. Black had joined WWE in 2017 and worked in NXT until March 2019 when he was brought up to the main roster. However, Black’s run on the main roster was never consistent. Black was released in what was reported to be another budget cut exercise. His last act on WWE was an attack on Big E during 21 May episode of SmackDown.
Lana was released from WWE on 2 June 2021. She started working in NXT in 2013 and was paired with Rusev in a managerial role. That pairing lasted until April 2019 before both Rusev and Lana went on a break. Recently, Lana has been working in a tag team with Naomi and was heavily involved in the Women’s Tag Team title scene. Her in-ring improvement and her involvement in the title scene remain big reasons that her release was a shock.
Ruby Riott was a regular on WWE SmackDown before her release. However, it is speculated that Ruby wanted to be released from the company for a long time. Ruby joined WWE in 2016 and worked in NXT. She debuted on SmackDown in 2017 with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan under the tag team Riott Squad. Ruby’s recent run at SmackDown was also with Liv Morgan in the new Riott Squad where they were going after Women’s Tag Team titles.
Buddy Murphy was not much active for around five months before his release from WWE. Murphy’s last big storyline was with the Mysterio Family, which ended in December 2020. His last singles match on SmackDown came in March 2021 against Cesaro, and his last appearance in WWE came in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the 9 April 2021 episode of SmackDown. The reason given for his release is budget cuts. Murphy won the Cruiserweight Championship and RAW Tag Team Championship during his run with WWE.
Santana Garrett joined NXT in 2019 after working as an enhancement talent for a long time. Garrett was reportedly called up to the main roster in March 2021, but she never made her SmackDown debut. As WWE was not utilizing her, they released Garrett as part of the budget cuts exercise.
Velveteen Dream was quietly released on 19 May 2021. Dream was accused of asking for and sending nude photographs to some minor girls and boys under the Speaking Out Movement. WWE did an internal investigation but did not find much into those accusations. However, fans continued to demand his release from the company with #FireVelveteenDream trends after his every appearance. Dream was kept away from NXT TV since December 2020 and his last match in NXT came against Adam Cole. He was released after WWE found some behavioral issues.
Alexander Wolfe/Axel Tischer
Alexander Wolfe’s release was a shocker as he has a good program going with Imperium stable. Wolfe’s last appearance in NXT came against Killian Dain on 18 May 2021 episode. After a loss in that match, Wolfe was attacked by his Imperium stablemates Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner and was banished from Imperium. Wolfe signed with WWE in April 2015 and worked in NXT until 2018. After that, he was called up to the main roster with Sanity stable. After not featuring much on the main roster, Wolfe returned to NXT UK where he started to appear with Imperium. Wolfe has revealed on Twitter that his contract with WWE was ending on 15 June 2021, and he is allowed to appear on other promotions after that date.
Jessamyn Duke was released from NXT as part of budget cuts in May 2021. She signed with WWE in 2018 and mainly appeared as one of the sidekicks of Shayna Baszler during her NXT run. On TV, Duke has mainly worked tag team matches. She was also seen on RAW Underground last year, where she picked up a win over Avery Taylor in one of her appearances. That was the last time Duke appeared on WWE TV.
Vanessa Borne was rumored to be called to the main roster in January 2020 but never appeared on either RAW or SmackDown. She signed with WWE in 2016 after initial training with Rikishi and Gangrel at Knokx Pro Entertainment. Borne was quite active in NXT Live events and NXT TV, with over 150 appearances from 2016 to 2020. However, she was not used since January 2020. Borne was released in May 2021 with other bulk releases. Borne has previously worked as NBA Dancer, NFL Cheerleader as well as Fox Sports Presenter.
Skyler Story has previously worked under the ring name Brandi Lauren in the independent circuit, IMPACT Wrestling, ROH and other promotions. Skyler has worked just two matches in NXT. She last wrestled in a Battle Royal on the 23 September 2020 episode of NXT. Before that, she also appeared on RAW Underground, where she lost a bout to Marina Shafir.
Ezra Judge was also released with some other NXT wrestlers in May 2021. Previously a pro bodybuilder, Judge was signed in August 2019 but appeared in just two matches for NXT. His debut came in a loss against Dorian Make in an NXT Live event on 29 February 2020, while his second match was a loss to Arturo Ruas in another live event.
Indian wrestler Kavita Devi was also cut from her contract in May 2021. A former weightlifter, Kavita became the first Indian woman to sign with WWE back in 2017. Kavita also worked in the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2018 and was active on NXT Live events scene until her injury in August 2019. Kavita missed the Superstar Spectacle event in January 2021 and it was mentioned that she was in India at the time to deal with some family emergency.
Daniel Bryan’s contract with WWE came to an end in April 2021 and he was written off TV. Daniel Bryan faced WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a career vs title match at SmackDown episode of 30 April 2021. Bryan lost the match and was barred from SmackDown from that point on(kayfabe). Bryan has not renewed the contract with WWE, and nor has he signed with any other company.
Samoa Joe suffered multiple concussions in late 2019 and early 2020. He was not getting cleared by WWE for an in-ring return and worked as a commentator till WrestleMania 37. The reports are that Samoa Joe wanted to return to work in the ring but WWE refused and he was ultimately released in April 2021. His last WWE match was on 10 February 2020 episode of RAW where he teamed up with Kevin Owens and the Viking Raiders in a defeat to Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy & AOP.
Update: Samoa Joe has returned to NXT in the role of an enforcer.
Peyton Royce has gone on and off WWE TV in recent months after her tag team with Billie Kay was split in September 2020. She worked as a tag team partner for Lacey Evans at the start of this year but was left to hang once Evans’ pregnancy was announced and she went off TV. Royce’s last WWE match came on 22 March 2021 episode of RAW in a loss against WWE RAW Women’s Champion Asuka. WWE released Royce on 15 April 2021.
In storyline, Billie Kay was trying to join other WWE wrestlers tag teams/stable and even pitched to work on the commentary. Kay was recently part of a Tag Team Gauntlet match on night 1 of WrestleMania. WWE released Kay in April 2021 as part of budget cuts and for not having any concrete creative plans.
Mojo Rawley had a torrid time on WWE main roster and was never able to settle down. He had a couple of character reinvention but never got a serious push from WWE apart from some involvement with his off-screen friend Rob Gronkowski. Rawley was released in April 2021. His last match in WWE came in May 2020 where he lost to Shorty G.
Mickie James was left out of WWE Draft 2020 and was not seen on WWE TV ever since. Her last match came against WWE RAW Women’s Champion Asuka in September 2020- a title match which James lost. It was also reported that James suffered an injury during that match. James was released from WWE as part of budget cuts in April 2021.
Chelsea Green made her WWE main roster debut when she appeared on 13 November 2020 episode of SmackDown. She was part of Fatal 4-way Survivor Series qualifying match which also proved to her last one in WWE. Green got injured during that match and spent time in the sidelines. However, she was not used once she returned in March 2021 and was ultimately released in April 2021.
Tucker was moved to RAW in Draft 2020 and his tag team with Otis was split after he turned on Otis at Hell in a Cell 2020. Tucker was used sporadically since then as a jobber to many wrestlers. His last match in WWE was Andre the Giant Battle Royal on 9 April 2021 episode of SmackDown before he was released next week under the budget cuts.
Kalisto was split from Lucha House Party in WWE Draft 2020 after a rift between the stable. He was not used much ever since and only appeared in Battle Royals after that. His last match was the Andre The Giant Battle Royal on SmackDown 9 April 2021 before he was released from WWE in April 2021 budget cuts.
Bo Dallas was off WWE TV ever since Crown Jewel in November 2019. The former NXT Champion was not used on TV for much even before that and mainly worked on house shows. Bo Dallas was cut from WWE in April 2021 but was inactive as a wrestler for a long time.
Wesley Blake made his WWE main roster debut in April 2020 as part of the Forgotten Sons. He partnered Steve Cutler in the SmackDown Tag Team title match at Money in the Bank 2020 PPV. The team was taken off TV after some controversial comments from Jaxson Ryker came out. Blake and Cutler return as the Knights of the Lone Wolf in December 2020 but once again were removed from TV after Culter was released. Wesley Blake was also released by WWE in April 2021.
Andrade asked to be released from WWE in March 2021. He was off WWE TV from October 2020 onwards and there seem to have no plan for his future also from WWE Creative team. It was said that his name does not even come in the creative meetings. WWE granted the release to him a few days later. The release was announced during Fastlane 2021 show.
Big Show and WWE parted ways after his contract got over in January. A new contract was discussed but no agreement could be reached. Big Show was probably upset with his last appearance at RAW Legends Night episode where he was verbally threatened by Randy Orton. Big Show has now signed with AEW for in-ring as well as commentary work. His last match in WWE remains WWE title dark match against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36.
WWE announced the release of Steve Cutler(from Forgotten Sons) from the company on 4 February 2021. He reportedly had heat from Vince McMahon after he contracted COVID-19 in January. Cutler was recently part of King Corbin’s “The Knights of the Lone Wolf” until he was tested positive for COVID-19, after which he was pulled from television.
Lars Sullivan was released from WWE in the month of January. The reports of his release came out only after some news websites approached WWE about the matter. Later, it was reported that Sullivan started no-showing on WWE TV Tapings in November. This led to all the plans related to him being scrapped and his eventual release.