It is amazing what you can miss in one night. 7 releases. I think WWE must have broken a record there. But I mean come on, it was only a matter of time. I wrote in my last article that WWE's roster is too big and they need to cut down on talent so that more people get time on the shows. Not to mention the fact that WWE will save a considerable amount of money through this.
Mike Knox, Slam Master J, Katie Lea, Kung Fu Naki and Jimmy Wang Yang are hardly suprises now are they? I even suggested releasing most of this talent in my prior article.
Two did come as suprises in Mickie James and Shelton Benjamin. But you have to look at it from a business point of view. Again with reference to my last article I said that WWE needs to look to release at not just the jobbers above but some of the other, perhaps less obvious options. They have done just that:
Mickie James: Yes she was popular and she was in the main event scene in WWE, but you cannot deny that she is not what she once was. Looking back at the feud she had with Trish Stratus in 2006 you can see why she became such a champion. A five time champion. But she has let it slip recently. She has put on noticeable weight which has affected her in ring performance. But the big issue here is her music career. When WWE sign you they want you to be totally committed to them. Which is fair enough. Mickie has got other ambitions which were also affecting her performances in the company. Her album is set to debut, so WWE has done the smart thing. I used to be a big Mickie James fan, but I am afraid that she just got her priorities wrong. Now she'll end up in TNA, with all the other rejects.
Shelton Benjamin: This guy had a lot of promise, in terms of athletisism very few are on his level. The problem is the 'it' factor. Lets take a look at a guy like Jack Swagger. Swagger is a great wrestler like Benjamin, but he has the charisma and the personality that Benjamin doesn't have. That is the difference between world champion and jobber. No matter how good you are in the ring, you need to be just as good outside of matches as well. Benjamin wasn't. I know a lot of you are critical of WWE's decision, but this guy could never have been world champion in the WWE. In TNA maybe. He also needs to improve his work ethic if he is to be successful there.
The fact of the matter is this. TNA are going to have a lot of talent knocking at the door. They have a huge roster already for one two hour show, and really they can't fit anybody else in. They will probably make exceptions for Mickie and Shelton if they want to join, but the others are most likely going to the indies.
I am hoping WWE continues to spring clean the roster in the coming days. With NXT only a few months from finishing, WWE are going to have at least three more people to add to the roster.
WWE have lost some big talent yes, but they can replace it with even better talent.