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Lio Rush Criticises ‘Toxic’ WWE Releases For Contributing To Mental Health Struggles

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Former WWE Superstar Lio Rush has apparently slammed WWE after their latest round of mass releases saying that the practice is “ruining lives.”

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 has 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 WWE 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.

Current AEW star Lio Rush has taken to social media to question the practice of mass releases and says something’s gotta give:

“Something’s gotta give. Things need to change. It’s unhealthy. It’s toxic. It’s soul snatching. It’s embarrassing. It’s ruining lives. It’s crushing hopes and dreams. Its contributing to mental health struggles. We’re living in a world full of facades, but the damages are real.”

Rush himself left WWE in April 2020 as he was part of the very first round of cuts from the WWE roster that were attributed to budgetary reasons. Lio Rush was joined in leaving WWE at that time by the likes of Matt Cardona, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows.