WWE United States Champion Damian Priest has discussed feeling “survivor’s guilt” after the rounds of roster cuts made by WWE this year.
Since the beginning of 2021, WWE has come to terms on the release of 72 different WWE Superstars. Many of these stars have been part of mass releases, with the last of those happening early in November while some such as Bray Wyatt and Andrade El Idolo have been released on their own.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, the current US Champion Damian Priest laments the loss of his colleagues, saying that those left in the company hurt for them but thinks everyone let go will do just fine in the end:
“It’s unfortunate, obviously. It is not just our business – it’s in any business, that’s just the way it goes. I’ve lost more jobs and more opportunities than I count. That’s the unfortunate part of life. Especially in a business where you’re living your dream – so it hurts because we care about these people. We know they’re hurting, so we hurt.”
“It’s unfortunate. It’s like that survivor’s guilt – you feel guilty, but at the same time… it’s an odd feeling. But then you come to the realisation – wait a minute, these are all incredible people! They’re gonna be fine! There’s that positive, and that’s always my sentiment. Well, now the world is yours. Go out and grab it!”
The most recent batch of releases from WWE included the likes of former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax, former NXT Champion Karrion Kross, and the man who vacated the NXT North American Title that allowed Damian Priest to capture it, Keith Lee.