When it comes to the WWE, roster turnover is inevitable. With talent bursting at the seams at an all-time high, the need for back-end talents aren't as necessary as they once were.
Take Jack Swagger, for example. When it comes to in-ring ability, he had a good amount of talent — but his lack of character and inconsistent booking was the downfall of his character, which is why no one was surprised he asked for his release just recently.
It's always around post-WrestleMania season where WWE holds their "cut day" — a time when they release a handful of talents on the same day. In recent years, names like Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, and Ryback have all been released despite being prominent members of both Raw and SmackDown. As the roster keeps expanding every year, older talents will soon be tossed to the side. The WWE already has trouble finding enough storylines and feuds for their talent as it is. They can't really bring in a lot of new names without some old ones suffering the consequences.
While all of these cuts won't come the day after 'Mania, they will happen before the year is over. Let's take a look at 15 WWE superstars who will be let go in 2017.
From his first run as the sexually explicit character that began in 1996 up until his fourth return to the WWE which ended in 2010, Goldust was always a great hand to have on the roster. But while he was one of the most entertaining characters on the roster, he was never the greatest in-ring technician that the company has seen. That changed, however, when he returned for his fifth stint back in 2013. In the best shape of his career and his head on straight, the veteran took the WWE audience by storm as he was a part of an emotional and fan-favorite program with his brother Cody Rhodes and his father Dusty Rhodes. Between that, his feud with his brother as Stardust, and currently as a member of The Golden Truth, Goldust has been nothing but tremendous in his most recent run.
There are a ton of different WWE superstars that can claim they’ve been given a raw deal by management. If you’ve been paying attention in recent months, Emma is obviously a part of that list. From her original run in NXT to her first call-up to the main roster, there was no denying that Emma was one of the most talented women inside of the squared circle. Unfortunately, however, her booking once called up was subpar at best, which resulted in a demotion.
13 Darren Young
When it comes to Darren Young, he’s been given a ton of chances to separate himself from the pack. While he’s been a viable options in groups and tag teams as a part of The Nexus and in two stints with Titus O’Neil as the Prime Time Players, poor booking and injuries have halted any and all single’s runs. When he first broke up with O’Neil, the creative team pushed him as a solo act before he tore his ACL. In 2016, they decided to, once again, give him a shot by himself, as he worked with Bob Backlund as his mentor. While he received a Intercontinental Championship match out of it, he suffered an arm injury a couple of months later, one that required surgery.
12 Jinder Mahal
11 Dana Brooke
8 Apollo Crews
When taking a glance at Apollo Crews, he clearly has the look that the WWE wants. Furthermore, he’s one of the most talented wrestlers when it comes to an in-ring standpoint. Unfortunately, however, his character has lacked for the duration of his time with the company.
7 Eva Marie
If you're a fan of the WWE, you know that the company had (and by all accounts, still have) huge plans for Eva Marie. Arguably the most stunning woman in the company, she began as the face of Total Divas before realizing that she couldn't do much of anything inside of the ring. Once put in NXT, Eva Marie recognized the hatred she received from the audience and played it into her favor, as she acted better than everyone when she was performing. Her notoriety prompted a promotion during the brand split — and while there were plenty of women ahead of her on the depth chart, it was no surprise to see her called up. On SmackDown Live, the creative team did a good job in having her come up with excuses so she didn't have to wrestle. Unfortunately, however, a Wellness Policy suspension halted her push and she hasn't been seen since.
6 Hideo Itami
5 Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
When the WWE raided New Japan Pro Wrestling back in January of 2016, it was a coup for the ages. Not only did they pluck one of Japan's top stars in Shinsuke Nakamura and a household name in AJ Styles, but they also were able to acquire Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, arguably the top tag team in NJPW and two mainstays of Bullet Club, the hottest act in professional wrestling at the time. But from their debut up until today, Gallows and Anderson have largely underwhelmed during their time with the company. Sure, that can be blamed on poor booking — but the WWE will never admit their faults, and the unsuccessful tenure of the tag team will be placed on their shoulders, not the company's.
4 Dolph Ziggler
3 Mick Foley
1 Chris Jericho
This won't be a firing, but rather a mutual parting of ways, at least until Jericho is ready for another stint where he will again attempt to re-invent himself.
At this point, it's hard to argue that Chris Jericho is one of the greatest superstars in professional wrestling history. His ability to be a fantastic in-ring worker while always reinventing his character to be relevant is something that's impressive each and every time he does it. His most recent return has been his most impressive, as Jericho has been a comedic genius while putting on fantastic matches with up-and-coming wrestlers.
But with his terrific program with Kevin Owens coming to a head at WrestleMania 33, what better way to leave than on the grandest stage of them all? Once again, Jericho will ride into the sunset on a high note.
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