It's crazy to think that it was just one short week ago that the WWE dropped seven of its NXT developmental stars.
Apparently, those cuts were just the beginning of what could be the biggest developmental purge ever. As you probably know, the company is slated to open a state-of-the-art training facility in Orlando this summer and according to PWINsider.com (via SEScoops.com), it intends to open the facility with fewer stars on its payroll.
The article states:
Word out of WWE is that the company will be letting go more talent soon.
With the company’s new Performance Center opening on July 1st and WWE actively recruiting new talent, there are plans to let go a lot of people who have been floundering in developmental without showing steady improvement.
Derek Bateman’s release last week is an example of this policy – having been in developmental for years and not showing that he was ready for the main roster.
Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing, as it frees up payroll for the WWE and allows the wrestlers to hone their craft elsewhere and potentially be used more. The fact is that there are way too many developmental stars not being used properly or at all. To me, these men and women would be better served touring the Indy scene or going overseas for their ring time.
This not only keeps them fresh in the ring, but it allows them to rebuild their brand and potentially get back to the WWE or TNA with a fresh start.
Let's face it: There have been many stars that have benefited from being released from the WWE. Some found a niche in wrestling through different outlets, while others came to the realization that this career choice just wasn't for them. Either way, they are better off finding their way while they are still in their 20s.
As far as the WWE goes, this move allows the company to put more focus on the talents it is truly vested in. This should be great news for guys like Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and others who are clearly ready for the next step in their wrestling careers.
All in all, we will have to wait and see who the company keeps and who is let go. In the end, this is a cut-throat business that requires each individual to rise up above the rest to avoid being left behind.