After an earnings call with investors and this press release earlier today, we knew some cuts and furloughs would be coming to the WWE. What we didn’t realize is how extensive the bloodletting would be.
Mike Chioda (referee)
No Way Jose
Released or Furloughed Producers
With the producers, some might just be furloughed instead of released, but we’ll find out eventually. But these are hugely important people like Fit Finlay, who is given much credit for the Women’s Revolution.
To all my friends,fans. And family. This is a crazy time and I want to say thanks to @WWEUniverse and everyone I’ve ever shared ring time with, working with or teaching. Stay safe. Especially to all the amazing girls (women) I’ve had the honor to work with. Stay safe y’all.— Fit Finlay (@ringfox1) April 15, 2020
Some of these shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Gallows and Anderson have been thought to be on their way out the door, likely to AEW, for quite awhile now. Kurt Angle has been with and left the company before, and it’s likely he’ll be back in the fold at some point because that’s how it goes with WWE Hall of Famers.
I wanted 2 say thank you to the WWE for the time I spent there.I made many new friends and had the opportunity to work with so many talented people. To the Superstars, continue to entertain the WWE Universe as well as you possibly can. They’re the best fans in the world. #itstrue— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 15, 2020
But you haven’t seen Eric Young or Curt Hawkins on TV for a long time.
And this video from Drake Maverick immediately after being told he was let go is just heartbreaking.
Of all the above, the most shocking might be Chioda. He’s been a WWE ref for at least a quarter-century.
We’ll keep updating the names as they come in here.