The WWE is known for releasing its talent on a regular basis, while other talents are known to just up and leave. In 2010, there were no fewer than 50 superstars released, or who departed, from the show. Whether it was developmental talent or from the main roster, some of them ended a storyline and then left while others disappeared from the sport without a trace. Since all of us have gotten a pink slip at some point in our lives, it comes as no surprise to fans that the WWE has handed out a few of their own over the years. Some of the talent that was let go has since returned, some will, of course, return in the future and some will never be heard from again.
Talent has been let go for a variety of reasons over the years from violating the company’s wellness policy to behavior problems and from cut backs in the company to the creative team just having nothing for them to do. 2010 seemed to be a year full of releases and departures, with 35 talents from the main roster and 19 developmental talents leaving. A whopping 14 Divas left, with 10 of them being from the main roster as well. Below you will find 15 of the WWE wrestlers that left in 2010, including a glimpse into where they are now.
13 Daniel Bryan
12 Shelton Benjamin
11 Mike Knox
10 Luke Gallows
9 Charlie Haas
8 Chris Jericho
Christopher Keith Irvine, better known by his ring name Chris Jericho, has been a staple of the WWE since the late 1990s. He has been in and out of the WWE all of those years with his first departure coming in the early 2000s. Jericho has a lot of irons in the fire so to speak, from his wrestling career to podcasting to touring with his band Fozzy. He left the WWE for the second time on September 20th, 2010 to work on different pursuits. His band Fozzy released an album earlier that year entitled Chasing the Grail and they were going to tour it.
7 Gregory Helms
Gregory Shane Helms, aka The Hurricane, began his wrestling career at the tender age of 16. Helms finally made his way to WWE in the early 2000s, experiencing his greatest success as The Hurricane and engaging in entertaining backstage segments with The Rock.
The WWE always knew that Helms had a reputation as a partier, but didn’t worry too much about it, until he was seen on Twitter bragging about a party at his house with a TNA wrestler, Christopher Daniels. Daniels' was then caught driving under the influence close to Helms' house. This finally resulted in Helms being let go from the WWE.
Maria Louise Bennett (Kanellis), started her WWE career as a backstage interviewer and quickly became one of the loved Divas of the era. Her being let go from the WWE on February 26th, 2010 was quite a shock to the WWE Universe, since she had just been voted Diva of the Year in 2009. She told friends and family that she was blindsided and totally shocked by the news of her release. It is said that the release was due to an interview where that said she wasn’t sure how long she would stay with the WWE, because one day she wanted to pursue outside interests and eventually have kids.
5 Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy entered wrestling with his little brother Jeff 1994, but they only started to win the hearts of fans everywhere in the late 90s, with their risky move-set and lovable personas. Over the years, the Hardy brothers have come and gone in the WWE, but the fans have always loved them. In 2010, during a match, the often overlooked older brother turned on Jeff, starting a storyline where the two were pitted against one another. Later in 2010, it seemed that Matt was dissatisfied with his role on the WWE and started posting messages on Twitter and some stuff on You Tube saying that he wanted out of the WWE. The superstar got his wish on October 15th, 2010, when the company let him go.
4 Mickie James
Mickie Laree James was a big part of the Divas division in the WWE froom 2005 until she left the company in 2010. Her biggest battle took place against the members of Laycool, where they started teasing James about being fat and porky. Naturally, the storyline wasn’t received well and was seen to be tasteless by many fans and some people in the locker room as well. Despite that terrible story, James had a storied WWE career, winning the WWE Women's Championship five times and the WWE Divas Championship once. She was released by the WWE in 2010 as they said they were looking for the Divas division to go a different route. She said she was heartbroken by the release, but quickly found work in AAA in Mexico and with TNA.
3 Jillian Hall
Jillian Hall was a part of the WWE from 2005 to 2010. She was released on November 19th, 2010 along with Luke Gallows, and a few other WWE wrestlers. Jillian Hall was never really taken seriously on the main roster, as she began her WWE run as someone known for having a growth on their face. From there, she joined JBL as his image consultant before having a terrible feud with Ashley Massaro. We need to give credit to Hall, as she kept trying despite terrible gimmicks, like the one where she was a bad singer, and actually won the Divas Championship, though she quickly lost it.
2 Tommy Dreamer
Tommy Dreamer was a staple in the ECW for many, many years becoming an absolute legend there. When they were bought by WWE, he came over and still found ways to connect with the audience. In late 2009, on WWE's version of ECW, Dreamer fought in a match, which was all part of a storyline, where if he didn’t win against Zack Ryder, he would retire from the WWE for good. After he lost the match, he gave a farewell speech and told the fans he was retiring. He was officially let go from WWE on January 4th, 2010.
1 Scott Armstrong
While certainly not a wrestler, Scott Armstrong was a huge part of the WWE for many years. Scott was a referee for WWE from 2006 to 2010 after spending nearly a decade referring for WCW. The son of the legendary Bullet Bob Armstrong was informed by phone that his services were no longer needed in the WWE on February 26th, 2010. There were four different people dropped at that time and in the locker room everyone was surprised that Scott was one of them. Armstrong was also a close friend of Chris Benoit and one of the two people to get texts from him before he killed his family and himself.
However, he'd still appear at times for WWE and has refereed a variety of matches for the company since 2011 and is now a producer for the WWE. His last appearance on TV came earlier this year, where he tried to help Sheamus beat Roman Reigns on Raw.
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