Nearly two months after releasing nine superstars, WWE announced a surprising new wave of releases that include some of the company’s top names.
The six performers released were Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, Murphy and Santana Garrett. Most of the talent released comes as a shock since most of them were just competing for titles or making their way back to the main roster.
Strowman had just competed for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania Backlash on May 16. He was the Universal Champion in 2020, won numerous other titles and his “monster among men,” moniker made him one of the biggest stars in his eight years with the company.
Black was set up to return to SmackDown after months away from TV. He appeared to begin a feud with Big E on May 21 and the former NXT Champion’s departure left fans confused as to what happened.