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Keith Lee And Nia Jax Among Multiple WWE Releases

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WWE Superstar Karrion Kross is one of several names that have all reportedly been released by the WWE following earlier reports that several releases were to come.

Current list of released names:

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported via Twitter that both Franky Money and Scarlett had been given their releases, this comes following several large scale roster cutbacks throughout 2021 seeing names such as former WWE Champions Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman released from the WWE.

Both Scarlett and Franky Monet took to social media to respond to the news with Franky declaring simply the return of the beloved Taya Valkyrie – her previous name in both Lucha Underground and IMPACT Wrestling.

PWInsider have confirmed that talent began receiving phone calls around 6:30 pm EST and that Ember Moon has officially been released from the WWE following nearly 7 years with the company.

Former NXT Tag Team Champion Oney Lorcan took to social media to announce his release from the WWE becoming the fourth confirmed name released from the company.

PWInsider later confirmed that former NXT Champion Karrion Kross was released by the WWE becoming the first main roster name released during the latest set of cuts, Kross had recently been repackaged following his WWE NXT call up.

Keith Lee had also recently undergone changes to his character, following his return to the main roster after a series of serious health issues. While his partner Mia Yim has also been released. Yim hadn’t been seen on WWE television since being defeated by Nikki Cross in December 2020.

Eva Marie re-joined WWE in June 2021 after four years away. The reality TV star initially appeared alongside Doudrop, before the pair broke up shortly after SummerSlam. The former NXT Superstar had been absent from Raw after being taken out by Shayna Baszler.

Throughout 2021 WWE have significantly trimmed their talent roster with multiple big names leaving the company. This followed on from the previous year where as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Superstars were also released. Some stars such as Bryan Danielson chose to leave of their own volition while others were let go in multiple batches of releases across the year.

The first round of releases came in April with the likes of Samoa Joe, Mickie James and Chelsea Green departing the company. In the weeks that followed Samoa Joe was re-hired, while Paul Wight, aka The Big Show left the company in February.

This was followed in June by arguably the most shocking round of releases, as Braun Strowman, Aleister Black (Malakai Black) Lana (CJ Perry) and Ruby Riott (Ruby Soho) left the company. Later in the month more departures followed, this time with Tony Nese, Tyler Breeze and Ariya Daivari heading out the door.

The final large scale round of releases came in August with a number of NXT Superstars exiting what was the black and gold brand. It later came to light the that releases were the beginnings of a revamp which has since seen the launch of NXT 2.0. On this occasion, Mercedes Martinez, Bronson Reed and Bobby Fish were among the departures.

Elsewhere, Bray Wyatt was released at the end of July, while Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole made their way to AEW after their contracts expired.

Inside The Ropes will continue to update this story as it develops.