WWE Releases in 2022 & 2023 – Superstars, Wrestlers & Employees

WWE Releases year

2022 continued the trend of WWE releases that started in 2020 under Vince McMahon’s management. The promotion released more than 20 wrestlers and employees combined during the year as they restructured NXT and made changes to RAW and SmackDown Rosters.

The wave of releases slowed down after Triple H took charge of WWE. However, underperforming NXT wrestlers and some from the main roster were still released

Here is the complete list of recent WWE releases in 2022 and 2023, including its superstar wrestlers, producers, referees, presenters, and other employees.

Contract Expired

Below is the list of wrestlers that left WWE after their contracts expired and they decided not to renew their deals:

  • Kushida(April 2022)
  • Cesaro(February 2022)

Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks initially got her release from WWE during the summer of 2022, but she was not allowed to appear in other promotions until January 2023. The details were confirmed in December 2022.

Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose was released from the promotion due to Rose posting some content on her FanTime page. Some sponsors were not happy with Rose posting risque content and Rose reportedly decided to continue with her site rather than stay in WWE.

October 31, 2022 – NXT Cuts

  1. Damaris Griffin
  2. Gabe Wai
  3. Sloane Jacobs
  4. Ru Feng
  5. Bodhi Hayward
  6. Erica Yan

Antony Smith

WWE RAW commentator Anthony Smith was let go from WWE when the promotion made changes to its commentary team ahead of 2022-23 season.

August 18, 2022 – Wrestlers

  1. Flash Morgan Webster
  2. Mark Andrews
  3. Sha Samuels
  4. Jack Starz
  5. Wild Boar
  6. Emilia McKenzie
  7. Dave Mastif
  8. Ashton Smith
  9. Amale
  10. Nina Samuel
  11. Sam Gradwell
  12. Dani Luna
  13. Rohan Raja
  14. Primate
  15. Kenny Williams
  16. Kirsty Bosley(ring announcer)
  17. Amir Jordan
  18. Xia Brookside
  19. Trent Seven
  20. Eddie Denis
  21. Saxton Hutley
  22. Nina Samuels
  23. Sid Scala(Manager)

Troy Donovan

Troy Donovan was released from his developmental contract due to some compliance issues. Later, it was reported that Donovan failed a drug test.

April 29, 2022 – Wrestlers

Another budget exercise saw some of the names from NXT getting released.

  • Dexter Lumis
  • Malcolm Bivens
  • Dakota Kai
  • Harland
  • Persia Pirotta
  • Raelyn Divine
  • Draco Anthony
  • Vish Kanya
  • Mila Malani
  • Blair Baldwin

Nash Carter

Nash Carter was fired from WWE on April 6, 2022, after his wife accused him of domestic abuse.

Carlos Cabrera

WWE’s longtime Spanish Commentator Carlos Cabrera was let go from the promotion on February 17, 2022. He had worked for the company since 1994.

January 6, 2022 – Wrestlers & Staff

  • Samoa Joe
  • Gabe Sapolsky

January 5, 2022 – Wrestlers, Coaches & Staff

The first mass WWE release of 2022 came on January 5, 2022. The company sent out a statement that these releases are the result of the evolution of NXT 2.0.

  • “Road Dogg” Brian James
  • Timothy Thatcher(Wrestler/Coach)
  • Danny Burch(Wrestler/Coach)
  • Hideki Suzuki/Hachiman(Wrestler/Coach)
  • Cathy Corino(coach)
  • Sarah Cummins(Senior Vice President of Consumer Products)
  • William Regal(Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting)
  • Dave Kapoor(Senior Vice President of Creative)
  • Ryan Katz(NXT Creative Producer)
  • Scott Armstrong(Backstage Producer)
  • George Carroll(Creative Writer)
  • Christopher Guy/Ace Steel(Performance Center Coach)

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30 Comments

  1. Guess there is no point of watching WWE anymore. The only one worth watching is Roman Reigns and even he is getting boring.

    1. Yeah only until his true self his face turn side the big dog roman reigns witch the big dog is coming soon we all know it and are sick of Roman reigns playing bad guy with the Usos and his little stupid advocate Paul heyman

    2. Antoher fired top 3 released wwe female superstar full roster on february may be april or june 2023 summer number alongside remove roster ?
      1. Naomi Released from WWE
      2. Tamina request fireleased from WWE
      3. Sonya Deville released from WWE

      by Raw & Smackdown

  2. Well WWE is good but there r a few people that needs there titles taken away such as Bobby lashley and Roman reigns they do not deserved them titles at all only thing they r good at is to cheat that is the only thing they’re good at such as Bobby lashley when he’s wrestling and there’s a good wrestler in there about to take his championship he always has a sidekick MVP to help him cheat

    1. i agree that they both do not deserve those titles…i was actually at that show when Bobby Lashley lost the title. it was the best show of my life.I just hate that roman reigns STILL HAS THE TITLE…it is just mest up

  3. I really can’t believe that WWE made Alister come out and attack Big E. And then make him go to AEW, I could’ve at least seen a rivalry.

  4. Vince McMahon needs to retire and leave the WWE up to Triple H, Stephanie and Shane. He’s ruining his own product. He is to egomaniacal to realize it. Brock Lesnar is a part time bum who will not bring the ratings they need. All these releases that they had of major talent was stupid. Stop paying Brock to show up for only championship matches and give the real wrestlers that deserve a shot in WWE a chance to shine and show what they can do. I used to be a die hard WWE fan but now I’m seriously considering AEW because they recognize real talent and give them a place to shine. WWE ha become garbage tv.

    1. I completely agree. They need to get rid of Brock lesnar because he most certainly isn’t helping the ratings anymore. Plus he can’t really wrestle. He is only about power and that’s it. The other superstars that bust their ass for the WWE are not appreciated but lesnar who is never there is highly promoted. I am thinking about switching to AEW!!

    2. I agree about Brock but it’s Vince’s company and he can run it into the ground if he feels like it. AEW ain’t nothing but WWE has beens.

      1. Out of 128 roster slots, AEW currently has 44 wrestlers who were WWE “has beens”. So objectively, you’re already wrong. But, sure, spout your nonsense, I won’t stop you.

  5. Let’s hope that Charlotte Flair follows her stupid father out of WWE.She is so full of her self and the most hated female in WWE

  6. Honestly I gat alot to say like what’s wrong with vin McMahon 😪why Ruby riot,Daniel brian all he cares about is just that stupid Austin theory

    1. Daniel Bryan’s contract expired and he didn’t want to renew it he chose to go to aew for creative freedom kiddo

  7. roman reigns cant keep a title without the usos wiping his but any time he gets in trouble they have to bail his punk ass out

  8. To be honest, Braun strowman was my favorite wresler followed by Randy Orton, and when 11 year old me saw Braun strowman get released, i cryed.

    1. Antoher fired top 3 released wwe female superstar full roster on february may be april or june 2023 summer number alongside remove roster ?
      1. Naomi Released from WWE
      2. Tamina request fireleased from WWE
      3. Sonya Deville released from WWE

      by Raw & Smackdown

  9. I agree that Vince should retire Shawn Michaels taking over NXT he’s completely destroyed what triple H made.
    Roman has become what Brock was and some time ago I do believe that Roman cried like a bitch about Brock showing up when he wanted to ain’t he doing the same thing

  10. The Quality of WWE matches has decreased dramatically these past years, matches become repetitive and boring(because of no creativity in them and of course a shitty PG product, that looks like a cartoon rather than a real professional wrestling match), Lesnar have no good matches, he just goes for some German suplexes and nothing else(in all these years, his matches were not as good as they advertised it and he is on most main events), Roman Reigns becomes a boring terrified bitch that always relies on others in his matches(and in many PPVs his low quality matches are main events) and it begins to become tedious after 600 days, This guy and his matches were great back then, when he was part of The Shield.
    Looks like they have no fresh creative juice anymore and are ruining these talents.

    Women’s matches improved very much over the years, and theirs is somewhat better than some of the men’s(Bianca Belair is too good for WWE, company doesn’t deserve her).
    And this Austin Theory guy is the most annoying and meaningless motherfucking character I saw in recent years, and many more examples that no one has the time to hear.
    With these releases in 2021and 2022, Looks like WWE doesn’t have any plan to become better, many great names are leaving or left(Bray Wyatt and Cesaro and Strowman and big show and even Daniel Bryan, seriously what the fuck???) and some names that don’t do anything good(Austin Theory or Brock Lesnar) stay.
    I know AEW is new and has some problems that they need to fix in years ahead, but the overall status and the quality of its matches(which are most important in a pro wrestling promotion) are way better than WWE. We cannot deny it now.

  11. Way too much talk and not enough GOOD bouts. Reigns and McIntire would still make a good bout if the Usos were not permitted near the ring. It is time for some legitimate wrestling not just shoulder blocks and “clotheslines”. Train these guys and women to use real wrestling holds and moves. Rhonda Rousey is a good example of real holds. Drop the foolishness of some of the entrances they have to perform before getting in the ring. A real bout between Stroman and Lesner would be great ,but alas Stroman is no longer there. Lesner is a trained MMA fighter and knows submission holds, but doesn’t use them ,just relying on power. WWE is failing to keep me interested, after all these years. Too bad.

  12. How long is Roman’s gimmick expected to last and will there be any challenges between WWE and AEW from fresh talent. ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!!

    1. Firing by wwe 7 released nxt superstar on April 2023 may be march alongside tag team full roster
      1. Nnamdi Oguayo released from WWE by NXT
      2. Oba Femi released from WWE by NXT
      3. Jakara Jackson released from WWE by NXT
      4. Dani Palmer fires request by WWE released from NXT
      5. Myles Borne firing request released from NXT by WWE
      6. Damon Kemp released from WWE by NXT
      7. Veer Maahan released from WWE by NXT

  13. Firing by wwe 7 released nxt superstar on April 2023 may be march alongside tag team full roster
    1. Nnamdi Oguayo released from WWE by NXT
    2. Oba Femi released from WWE by NXT
    3. Jakara Jackson released from WWE by NXT
    4. Dani Palmer fires request by WWE released from NXT
    5. Myles Borne firing request released from NXT by WWE
    6. Damon Kemp released from WWE by NXT
    7. Veer Maahan released from WWE by NXT

  14. Antoher fired top 3 released wwe female superstar full roster on february may be april or june 2023 summer number alongside remove roster ?
    1. Naomi Released from WWE
    2. Tamina request fireleased from WWE
    3. Sonya Deville released from WWE

    by Raw & Smackdown

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