The hiring and firing process in the WWE leads to employees coming in and out of the company. Headlines are made any time a top talent leaves the company. The powers that be choosing to get rid of a relevant name gives a huge story to the media, but lower card and backstage personnel are let go all the time. WWE doesn’t have to acknowledge a forgotten performer or an unknown off-screen employee once they are gone. Fans sometimes don’t even realize someone is gone until a long time later. Recent history has shown that with a plethora of names under the radar being let go.
Wrestlers to lack television time typically get fired after a while if they aren’t repackaged. A familiar face disappearing is not a good sign if they don’t resurface with a completely new persona or gimmick. Backstage employees hold no star power on the screen and that makes their jobs even less stable than the on-screen performers. We’ll take a look at some of the recent names to meet the unfortunate fate of losing their spot working for the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. These are fifteen WWE employees that you may not have realized were recently released.
The most recent season of Tough Enough saw wrestling hopefuls try to get a job in the WWE. Only two competitors won guaranteed contracts, but the majority of other competitors received developmental deals in the Performance Center. ZZ is someone that showed enough charisma to reach the finals of the Tough Enough contest. His issues were with immaturity and a lack of a work ethic to get into shape.
WWE hoped a stint in the Performance Center could help condition the young man into becoming a professional. ZZ failed to change his bad habits and WWE lost faith in him evolving into a credible wrestler. WWE quietly let him go in 2016, so he could find another field to make a living in. Wrestling wasn’t for ZZ and everyone is better for him leaving the industry.
14. Alex Reyes
NXT is not only home to aspiring WWE wrestlers trying to make it to the main roster, as Broadcasters are also given an opportunity to work up the ranks and land a spot on Raw or SmackDown Live. The commentators, backstage interviewers and hosts all receive chances to show off their talents. Corey Graves, Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips all started in NXT before becoming fixtures on the main roster.
One of the guys to not get by NXT was Alex Reyes. His backstage interviews were the majority of his segments on camera and the WWE released him out of the blue in May of 2016 to end his time with the company. Reyes has claimed WWE valued him and a few other broadcasters less because they were diehard fans before entering the company.
13. Brad Maddox
A lesser known WWE release in recent years saw former highly valued prospect Brad Maddox get fired under controversial circumstances. Maddox was actually an authority figure on Raw and found himself involved in storylines with CM Punk and Ryback. WWE clearly believed his potential could lead to big things down the road at one point in time.
The incident that led to Maddox’s firing was his mistake of breaking a rule made by Vince McMahon. Maddox used the term ‘cocky pricks’ to incite the crowd, but the term ‘prick’ is allegedly banned in the WWE. This led to his instant firing, causing him to hit the free agent market. Maddox has remained out of the spotlight making many forget he even existed, let alone was released not too long ago.
Cameron was supposed to be so much more in the WWE, but she lacked the talent to get ahead. WWE placed her on the original cast of Total Divas, showing faith in her ability to draw money for the company one day. Cameron somehow managed to get worse, instead of improving to the level she needed to get to the top. At one point, she forgot the rules of the match and tried to pin an opponent that was laying face first on the mat.
WWE finally cut bait with her when she showed support for Ryback, who made comments speaking out against the company. The rumors state another wrestler was going to be released for WWE’s cuts until Cameron got on WWE’s bad side, making her the one to leave. Cameron is now looking to make her name outside of the wrestling world.
11. Lisa Lee Fox
The name of Lisa Lee Fox is not one that os well known among wrestling fans, but she had a great deal of respect in the WWE. Fox worked for WWE over the course of twenty years in various roles in the higher ups. WWE fired her in 2015 from her position as Executive Vice President of Content. Fox was a writer for the television shows at one point and was an important part of the company.
Reports circulated that Fox’s firing was a result of her failing to secure the rights to the Paul Boesch Houston Wrestling tape library. WWE wants to acquire as much content as possible for the WWE Network and losing out on one to a lesser known party is something that just wasn’t going to fly. They may have reacted strongly by firing an employee who was there for two decades, but Fox was quietly released to end her time in WWE.