The latest round of Superstars to be released from the WWE has been announced, with a couple of perhaps surprise inclusions being let go by the company.
WWE issued the following statement on its official website detailing who has been let go:
WWE has come to terms on the release of the following Superstars as of today, June 12, 2014:
- Jinder Mahal
- Curt Hawkins
- Theodore Long
- Brodus Clay
- Evan Bourne
- Yoshi Tatsu
WWE wishes them the best in all their future endeavors.
Naturally, there are a few individuals in that mix whom you may have expected to be released, as well as a few names who could have had the potential to stay with the company.
Evan Bourne is perhaps a surprise name on that list, although a mixture of wellness policy violations and injury look to have sealed his fate with the company.
He broke onto the scene as an exciting, daredevil lightweight who seemed to have a real spark. However, he will now be looking for new employment after being let go by the WWE.
Brodus Clay is another wrestler who almost exploded onto the scene as the result of a fairly significant push from the WWE. At first, the gimmick seemed to be working. It was certainly a big shock to see a guy of Clay's stature dance around with two Divas each and every week, but it unfortunately seemed to grow stale pretty quickly.
Long has been released after a 16-year association with the WWE. He actually debuted on Raw as a referee, but went on to become one of the most recognizable backstage figures in the modern era.
As general manager of both ECW and SmackDown, Long become a pretty popular figure amongst wrestling fans, and he had some pretty memorable rivalries with fellow authoritative figures Eric Bischoff and John Laurinaitis.
At the age of 66, it is unlikely we will see Long in any sort of active role anywhere else in the future.
Jinder Mahal had been way more active than everyone else on this list, given his involvement with 3MB. No matter what people thought of the stable, they certainly garnered a lot of TV time over the last few months, and this may well rank as a surprise.
As for the others, they may be slightly more expected than Bourne, Clay and Long. Yoshi Tatsu has been rarely seen on our TV screens over the last few years, and Curt Hawkins and Camacho appeared to offer nothing in the eyes of WWE Creative.