The current landscape of the WWE is by no means strapped for talent. On the contrary, there’s a logjam of talent currently employed by the Stamford, Connecticut based promotion. Moreover, the WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, has the likes of Asuka, Ember Moon, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura that figure to be top tier talents in the women’s division and main event/upper mid card respectively.
By the way, arguably the two best in ring tag teams, DIY and the Revival are also currently at NXT. When the forenamed names debut on the main roster fans will rejoice as there are a number of compelling feuds they can be placed in.
Despite their being a rush of talent WWE fans will eventually see on WWE programming, this isn’t to say that there aren’t future endeavored stars they don’t miss. Here, we take a look at eight recently released wrestlers we miss and seven we don’t.
15. MISS: Christian
If you didn’t know by now, Christian (along with Edge) totally reeks of awesomeness (see what I did there?). Christian has held gold on numerous occasions during his time with WWE ; he is a 2x World Heavyweight Champion, a 9x Tag Team Champion and a 4x Intercontinental Champion. Moreover, the only belts that alluded Christian during his run with the WWE were the WWE Championship and United Stated Championship. Christian’s final match was not something that was announced by him or by WWE as neither party expected it to be his final match. In March of 2014 Christian came out victorious against Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler in a fatal four way to determine the number one contended for the Intercontinental Championship. Shortly after, Christian was diagnosed with a concussion. In May of 2016, Christian revealed he had actually been released in 2015 because WWE would refuse to clear him as a result of his concussion history. A proper send off would be nice, WWE!
14. DON’T MISS: Adam Rose
Let’s take a look at Adam Rose’s timeline from October 2015 to May 2016. In October of 2015, Rose’s sister passed away at the hands of a heroin overdosage. On April 16th, Rose was suspended for sixty days due to his second violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy. On May 11th, Rose was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida for a domestic violence charge along with being charged for tampering with a witness. During this time period, Rose was certainly going through a lot. Regardless of your opinion on Rose, it was crystal clear that he needed to step away from the ring. WWE did the right thing by releasing Rose on May 23rd, 2016; he currently competes on the indies under the moniker Aldo Rose and now sports a bald head as he has ditched his long locks.
13. MISS: Santino Marella
To this day Santino Marella remains the one and only superstar that can lay acclaim to being crowned Miss WrestleMania. In addition to the forenamed prestigious honor, Marella is a former 2x Intercontinental Champion (with his first reign coming on his first night as a debuting fan against the “Samoan Bulldozer”, Umaga), 1x United States Champion and a 1x Tag Team Champion with Vladimir Kozlov. Marella was relegated to a comedic act for the majority of his tenure within WWE, but despite the demotion, Marella thrived in the role. Whether Marella was referring to “Y2J” as “KYJ” or placing his face on Marie Kanellis’ Playboy cover or having a tea party with Sheamus and Kozlov or his time with Beth Phoenix as the “Glamerella” duo, Marella provided audiences with laughter more often than not.
12. DON’T MISS: Cameron
Alongside Naomi, Cameron made up one half of the Funkadactyls. Cameron was clearly the weak link of the duo and once the pair went their separate ways (as a result of Cameron turning heel against Naomi), Cameron struggled to gain her footing as a singles competitor. The Los Angeles, California native would more often than not rack up L’s in the loss column as opposed to W’s in the win column. Cameron’s last appearance in WWE would be in April of 2015 as she opted to take her talents to
South Beach Full Sail to hone her skills in NXT. Cameron appeared on NXT programming from November of 2015 to February of 2016. In May of 2016 Cameron was released by WWE and with the Women’s division having the amount of talent it does today it was probably for the best.
11. MISS: Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan was instantaneously released in July 2015 as a result of a profanity laden rant that demeaned blacks. Amongst Hogan’s comments were the following, ““I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n****r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n****r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n****r”. The comments were in reference to the Hulkster’s daughter, Brooke, dating a man of black descent. The WWE had no choice but to let Hogan go. However, the question now is, is Hogan ready to be welcomed back after a year and a half? Hogan is amongst the most polarizing wrestlers of all-time with most of those who grew up in the eighties and early nineties wanting him back sooner rather than later. On the other hand, most of those raised in the later nineties and beyond could and would rather do without him.