WWE initially had big plans for Summer Rae, but apparently, those not panning out despite their best efforts is what led to her release.
Last week WWE revealed that it had released a number of its Superstars. They started the ball rolling with Emma and then shortly after Darren Young and Summer Rae followed suit. NXT has been letting go of a few talents too with former SAnitY member Sawyer Fulton being shown the door as well as Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl.
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When WWE announces the release of Superstars, they very seldom reveal why exactly they have chosen to do so. They merely announce that Superstars have been released and wish them well in their future endeavors. It can be incredibly frustrating as sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, something that is the case when it comes to Emma's recent release.
While the Australian Superstar's time with WWE coming to an end remains a mystery, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer shed a little light on why exactly WWE chose to part ways with Summer Rae. Apparently, the company never had a wrestling role in mind for Rae, and inst, ad she would fill the role that Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson played so well before her. Considering the ongoing Women's Revolution, that role doesn't really exist anymore.
The love rectangle angle between Rae, Lana, Rusev, and Dolph Ziggler was another attempt by WWE to give Rae something to do, but unfortunately, that didn't work out either. For most of the time since then, Rae has been sidelined through injury and clearly, WWE no longer has anything for her, injured or otherwise. It's sad to see anyone released, but considering the competition currently in the women's division, it has to be expected.
Whether more cuts are coming or not is unclear, but the rest of the relatively unused Superstars on the roster will be nervously looking over their shoulders. The likes of Dana Brooke and Curt Hawkins have to be thinking that they've dodged a bullet by not joining Summer Rae and others in the recent batch of releases and will be hoping that for now, WWE is done cutting stars that they deem surplus to requirements.