Over the past few hours, several in the wrestling world have reached out on Twitter to react to the surprising batch of releases from NXT developmental earlier today.
Mike Johnson explains that the mass firings are due to the current upheaval in WWE's developmental system and ominously notes that "additional names" are expected to come out.
As soon as the news hit, many wrestling personalities took to Twitter to react to the news.
Current World Heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler was understandably unhappy about Pierce's release (the two are brothers) but wisely refrained from lashing out at WWE or sounding unprofessional.
Dolph Ziggler @HEELZiggler
countless @wwe peeps personally told me how hard @HotYoungBriley worked & how he was the most entertaining guy in NXT #WeirdBiz5/17/2013, 4:56:13 PM
Wrestling trainer Lance Storm encouraged the released wrestlers to remain optimistic, pointing out that they could always return to America's No. 1 wrestling promotion at some point in the future, like Damien Sandow had (Sandow was released from the developmental system in 2007).
Lance Storm @LanceStorm
Saddened to hear about the NXT releases this week. I got to work with many of them in March. Keep your heads up, Damien Sandow made it back.5/17/2013, 8:27:52 PM
And, hey, the reactions weren't all somber. Greg Marasciulo (formerly Trent Barreta in WWE) posted an amusing Vine video over at his Twitter entitled "Fired People Meal" featuring Bateman, Sakamoto and Audrey Marie having brunch.
For his part, Bateman also joked that his release couldn't have been all bad because "the world needs plenty of bartenders!"