It was a shocker to many, but it was bound to happen at some point this year—WWE released three of its performers in just one hour, as the company parted ways with Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae. With Neville looking to be good as gone and persistent rumors of WWE Superstars wanting to follow Cody Rhodes' example and have a successful post-WWE career in the indies, WWE's lineup has become smaller, and it might further shrink in number in the coming weeks, if not the coming days. WWE usually has a "spring cleaning" session, where 10 wrestlers or more are dropped by the company, so who may follow Sunday's recent releases, if WWE is indeed planning to cut more people?
Who are the five wrestlers who may be wished the best in their future endeavors after the mid-lower-card trio of Young, Emma, and Summer Rae? Let's take a look at each of them, and see why they might be counting the days before WWE gives them the pink slip.
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5. The Colons
Sunday's mini-round of future endeavors solely focused on Monday Night Raw. But what about SmackDown Live? Don't they have their share of dead weight to get rid of? For that one, you don't need to look any further than Primo and Epico, that long-running duo from Puerto Rico now working a bland gimmick as themselves (instead of bullfighters or timeshare salesmen) and barely appearing on the blue brand. They've cheated future endeavors for years, but they might not be able to stay employed by the WWE for much longer.
4. Dana Brooke
WWE's Mae Young Classic wrapped up last month, and about half of the tournament's 32 competitors, have been signed. With Asuka on the main roster, the likes of Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, and the Iconic Duo, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce, could be due for main roster call-ups by the first half of 2018. Even with WWE having released Monday Night Raw women Emma and Summer Rae, they might not be done wishing ladies the best in their future endeavors, and who better a candidate to release than Dana Brooke? She's still bad in the ring, bad on the mic, and with virtually no role on the red brand, WWE may want to cut their losses and do away with this bodybuilder-turned-wrestler.
3. Apollo Crews
Well, so much for Titus Worldwide giving Apollo Crews a change of scenery. The former Uhaa Nation is still where he was prior to joining forces with Titus O'Neil, which is close to the bottom of the card, with his charisma falling far behind his natural talent in the ring. WWE and Vince McMahon, who probably saw dollar signs in Crews' well-built physique, dropped the ball last year when they rushed him to the main roster, and the chances of his becoming a breakout star are declining with each episode of Raw. What's increasing, however, are his chances of getting wished the best in his future endeavors.
2. Rhyno And Heath Slater
The odd-couple team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, or "Beauty and the Man-Beast" as they were often called, were the first-ever SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, but since moving to Monday Night Raw, they've been barely featured on television, oftentimes ending up on the losing end. At this point, Rhyno is 42-years-old and in the twilight of his career, while Slater's old role as the guy who loses to everybody has since been taken over by Curt Hawkins. It was a fun pairing, but one that might not last much longer if one, or both of them get released in the coming weeks or months.
1. Sin Cara
Before we saw him pull off fluke DQ wins over Baron Corbin on consecutive episodes of SmackDown Live, it would have been understandable if you thought that WWE canned Sin Cara once and for all. And while the former Hunico was able to extend his WWE career significantly by replacing the botch-happy Mistico in the Sin Cara role, we've got to face it. He's 40-years-old with little to no upside, he's got a reputation for getting into backstage trouble, and even if he isn't as botch-prone as his predecessor, Mistico's old botches arguably ruined the Sin Cara brand for life. Sin Cara may be getting more TV time now, but remember—Emma did have a lot of TV time in recent weeks, and WWE still saw it fit to release her.