An NXT star was reportedly on the original list of recent WWE releases before seemingly being replaced by Dexter Lumis.
On the 29th of April Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported the news of ten WWE releases from the NXT brand, including Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis. Departing WWE alongside Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis are Malcolm Bivens, Harland, Persia Pirotta, Sanjana George, Draco Anthony, Raelyn Divine, Mila Malan, and Blair Baldwin.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez revealed he had seen two different lists of names that were up for the chop and another name had originally appeared instead of Dexter Lumis before Lumis ended up cut:
“I got the list of, it was like ten names or whatever, and then a few hours later, there were ten names that came out that had been cut. I don’t know why I thought about doing it, but I decided I was going to match them up.”
“Actually, I know why. The list that I got… Dexter Lumis wasn’t on the list. And then later, you know, there’s all these people, ‘Dexter’s been cut, what are they going to do?” and I was like, ‘Dexter’s cut? He wasn’t on the list I got.’ And so, I went to match up the names, because there were ten on my list and ten on the other list or whatever.”
“In fact, the list that I received did not have Dexter Lumis, but it had another name who I’m not going to mention, who was listed as being cut, and then they weren’t cut. So, the point of all of this is, these blokes have no idea what’s going on. You can see that they knew in advance that Harland was going to be out of here because one day, Harland just vanished.”