WWE have let several top NXT stars leave their company as part of the second set of 2022 releases, according to reports.
In January, WWE released several major names, including NXT general manager and legendary former wrestler William Regal and former United States Champion Samoa Joe.
The only main roster departure so far this year has been Cesaro. That is because the two parties could not agree on a new contract for the Swiss-born wrestler. Shane McMahon was also reportedly let go by the company in February.
This current set of releases, and its timing, do not perhaps come as a huge surprise. In June 2021, a batch of WWE releases occurred, with main roster Superstars such as Ruby Riott, Braun Strowman and Aleister Black all departing the company.
Who is part of the latest batch of WWE releases 2022?
Fightful Select’s Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that, in total, 10 wrestlers from the NXT brand were released by WWE on April 29. According to Cageside Seats, John Laurinaitis cited budget cuts as the reason behind the releases.
The most prominent of those names is Dakota Kai. The New Zealand-born female Superstar is a former two-time NXT Tag Team Champion. Her release came as a shock to most fans. However, it has since been reported that she indicated to WWE that she would not be extending her contract.
Several WWE stars paid tribute to Kai after her release. They include former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
Another major name released by WWE is Dexter Lumis. The American utilised several gimmicks during his time with the brand. Furthermore, he was part of a romance angle with Indi Hartwell before his exit from the company.
Also released is Harland, who drew comparisons to Brock Lesnar with his physique and look. However, the former football player will not get the opportunity to face up against his lookalike on the main roster.
The other names that are part of the latest set of WWE releases in 2022 are as follows:
- Malcolm Bivens
- Persia Pirotta
- Draco Anthony
- Sanjana George
- Raelyn Devine
- Mila Malani
- Paige Prinzivalli
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