The wrestling world is still in shock after the mass firings that took place in the WWE yesterday. Both superstars and backstage staff lost their jobs allegedly due to the impact of COVID-19 on the company.
Unfortunately, a lot of big talent lost their positions in the WWE yesterday.
But which were the 5 most shocking wrestlers to lose their job?
The most shocking release to many people was that of Rusev. Even though Rusev had been in a contract dispute with the WWE, he is one of the biggest superstars to lose his job during this crisis.
The Bulgarian Brute responded to his release briefly on Twitter. There has been no further news from Rusev since his release.
Thank you All, Rusev out!
— Miro (@RusevBUL) April 15, 2020
Rusev was one of the sole superstars to donate some of his own money to help WWE staff that were stuck at home without a job.
Now, he falls into the same category.
2. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
The popular tag team’s release was another big shock to many WWE fans, especially considering their involvement in the OC. Nevertheless, both men were declared released yesterday.
Anderson has not responded to his release yet, while Luke Gallows posted a simple #WatchYourSix on social media.
There is a general assumption among fans that Gallows and Anderson may return to New Japan wrestling. However, people have also called for AEW to sign The Good Brothers.
3. Heath Slater
Even though Heath Slater was not used on WWE television as much, he did do a lot of shows for the WWE Network. The man has also been with the WWE for a whopping 16 years, so his release was a real surprise to many.
I know everyone is waiting to hear my response to my release from WWE but after 16 years I’m going to need a little more than a few hours to really digest all my thoughts and emotions. For now, thank you all for all of your kind words and support during this time.
— Heath Slater (@HeathSlaterOMRB) April 15, 2020
Heath Slater responded briefly on social media, stating he needs time to process the news. Since he was with the company for 16 years, it is not unusual he needs some time to process what’s happened.
Since Heath Slater is incredibly popular, I have no doubt that he will find another position. There is also a small possibility that Slater returns to the WWE once the COVID-19 crisis is over.
4. Lio Rush
Rush has been quite involved in the cruiserweight division and even won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in 2019. As he is a young and talented wrestler with plenty of storylines ahead of him, his release came as a true shock during the mass firings.
Lio Rush has been keeping fans informed on social media since his release. He also took some time to promote himself.
I took my time to feel sad and now it’s time to get back to work. As I’m sure you now know, I’m currently available for business opportunities: music, acting, hosting and of course #wrestling. Shoot me over an email [email protected] ?? pic.twitter.com/WOlBBj8Blv
— Lio (@itsLioRush) April 15, 2020
The reason for his release may come down to the trouble he kicked up in the company not too long ago. Rush has also been very outspoken about not wanting to wrestle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Aiden English
First, the WWE broke up his popular tag team the Vaudevillains. Next, they forced him into a commentator role.
Things are not getting any better for Aiden English, as the commentator was one of the men released during the WWE’s mass firings.
Today, he took to social media to bring a message of hope.
Aiden English took a moment to mention all the people backstage who lost their job and weren’t mentioned.
We hope all the people who fell victim to the mass firings can find strength in these difficult times.