The shocking firing of Enzo Amore proved that anyone could be released from WWE at any time. Within 24 hours of the sexual assault allegations against Enzo being made public, WWE stepped in and fired him. Despite being the Cruiserweight Champion, WWE did not hesitate to let him go when it was discovered he was being investigated for serious claims. Enzo did not make WWE aware of this and it led to him getting the boot. WWE set a precedent that no one is safe if they make the wrong decisions to shame the company.
We will look at some of the current wrestlers on the WWE roster that may be next on the chopping block. These Superstars are nearing the point of getting the boot whether it is a firing or agreeing to get released. WWE is always looking to update their roster with the hiring of new talents seemingly coming more often than ever before. NXT and the Performance Center is full of great performers meaning some main roster talent will have to get fired as part of the process. Find out if your favorite WWE star is on the way out as we forecast who may be next to follow Enzo. These are fifteen WWE stars that are on the brink of a WWE release.
15 Mickie James
The current run of Mickie James has seen her rightfully treated as a legend for her time in the women’s division back in the mid-2000s. James helped bring credibility at a time when WWE treated the women’s division with minimal respect. A few programs have seen Mickie provide depth on the roster and help put over some of the new stars.
James didn’t sign as a long-term fixture and will likely see her run come to an end soon.
14 Dolph Ziggler
There were actually rumors and speculation going around that Dolph Ziggler would win the Royal Rumble. Ziggler walked away after winning the United States Championship by relinquishing it and implying retirement. However, he returned in the 30th entrant spot and was eliminated quickly. Ziggler once again showed that WWE has no plans for him to do anything relevant again.
13 The Revival
The tag team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder delivered classic matches in NXT as The Revival. It became a guarantee that you would get an outstanding match from them at every TakeOver special. Things have not gone as well for them on the main roster. Dawson and Wilder have each suffered injury to keep them off television for most of 2017.
The recent use of The Revival indicates they are not high on the totem pole when it comes to the tag division.
Rhyno has been one of the veterans on the Raw roster over the past year as part of a tag team with Heath Slater. The odd couple tag team achieved success together at the beginning of the brand split. Slater and Rhyno were surprisingly the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The act ran its course and the tag team has been a flop on Raw since moving over.
11 Rich Swann
The charges against Rich Swann for false imprisonment and battery have been dropped. Swann looked to be in trouble when reports broke that he did these horrible things to his wife and fellow wrestler Su Yung. The judge dropped the case due to a lack of evidence and Yung stating the reports were inaccurate. WWE still has Swann suspended meaning his future is in doubt.
Despite being cleared in the court of law, Swann still has controversy following him.
10 Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan’s future remains one of the biggest questions in wrestling. The WWE contract of Bryan will expire in September of 2018 and he wants to wrestle again. Bryan is adamant that he will not settle for a General Manager role. Despite having success as a character, Bryan’s real passion is in the ring and he refuses to give it up since his doctors say he is healthy enough to compete.
9 Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder has been a fixture on WWE roster for the past decade. A few short stints of popularity have seen Ryder able to get fans on his side. The best success story of Ryder’s career was the online web-show he created to get fans to cheer for him every week. WWE pulled the rug from under him by burying the beloved character after a short run with relevance. Another big win came when he won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 before dropping it the next night.
Basically, the story of Ryder’s career is that WWE doesn’t believe in him.
The women’s division is thriving with so many ladies vying for spots on Raw and SmackDown. There are usually two storylines on each show for the women meaning only a few of them will have spots on the television show. Tamina is struggling to find a role as she doesn’t have much going for her unless all the women are in a match.
The talent of Tamina just doesn’t measure up to most of the other ladies in WWE.
7 Primo and Epico
Most fans have forgotten that Primo and Epico are even on the main roster today. It’s hard to blame them considering the tag team is doing absolutely nothing on SmackDown. Unless there is a backstage segment or a lumberjack match, Primo and Epico are hard to spot on television. WWE has seemed to give up on them after injuries ended their last push.
6 Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke has joined the group of misfits in Titus Brand. The trio of Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews and Brooke are all hoping to find success together as a group. All three have struggled with different weaknesses holding them back. Brooke does appear to be more entertaining in this role as the statistician of the group rather than a basic wrestler with no character progression.
One of the biggest backstage stories in WWE right now revolves around Neville. The talented wrestler left the company after requesting his release. Neville spent almost a year in the Cruiserweight division and dropped the Cruiserweight Championship to Enzo Amore. WWE wanted Neville to lose another match to Enzo on Raw and it led to him asking to be fired.
Neville has remained home since this incident as WWE is reportedly freezing him out.
A sad story to start 2018 features Paige potentially having to retire from the ring. Paige returned at the end of last year to lead the Absolution faction after a long stint on the shelf. Neck surgery kept Paige sidelined for over a year until her return. The response to Paige’s return made it clear fans still wanted to see her back in a major role. However, a live event injury in a match with Sasha Banks saw her need to get helped backstage.
Paige has not been cleared and the rumor is that WWE will never clear her again.
3 Tye Dillinger
The popularity of Tye Dillinger in NXT has not helped him have a successful main roster career. Dillinger was called up to the main roster for SmackDown after WrestleMania 33. The long stint of Dillinger in NXT made him an underdog story worth rooting for. Fans love chanting “10” at him and he has enough talent to make a name in WWE.
Sadly, the lack of opportunity has shown that Dillinger just isn’t viewed as a priority.
Lana has been trying to prove to WWE that she belongs in wrestling matches over the past few years. WWE gave her a big character change as a singles star when she moved to SmackDown in the 2017 Superstar Shakeup. Instead of being refereed to as Rusev’s wife, Lana was pushed as a wrestler on her own. Unfortunately, a few terrible matches to start the run killed any chances of being pushed. WWE has moved her into a role managing Tamina with the rare match every now and then.
Lana is likely never going to get her wish of being a major star in the women’s division.
The WWE career of Sheamus is underappreciated when you think about all he has accomplished. Sheamus is one Intercontinental Championship win away from joining Edge as the only “Full House” Grand Slam winner in WWE history. The various titles, Money in the Bank, Royal Rumble and King of the Ring victories all make Sheamus a truly decorated star in the company.
One thing that should make fans appreciate Sheamus more is the fact that he has been dealing with severe neck issues. The injury is the same one that forced Edge and Steve Austin to retire at young ages. Sheamus’ close friend Wade Barrett chose to let WWE release him in 2016 when his contract was coming to an end. Don’t be surprised if Sheamus does the same sooner than later. The health of Sheamus must be his main priority and this injury sounds like a very dangerous one to continue wrestling with.
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