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Reason Behind Recent NXT Releases Potentially Revealed

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WWE has undergone yet another round of cuts as they have let go many backstage personnel from NXT and now a potential reason for the releases has been reported.

The wrestling world was stunned once again as names such as William Regal and Road Dogg were among those released by WWE following their tenures as integral parts of the NXT brand.

Chris Guy, also known as Ace Steel, who worked as a coach, notably with CM Punk has also left the company. Also departing is Dave Kapoor aka Ranjin Singh who was working with the NXT brand after previously managing The Great Khali, and Ryan Katz who had been working with NXT since 2015.

Fightful Select has now reported potential reasons behind the cuts with a WWE source quoted as saying “With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve decided to part ways with some of the staff based in our Performance Center. We thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the best.”

The report goes on to say that staff familiar with NXT and the Performance Center have said they believe the cuts have been made to “directly remove” several hires made by Triple H – an exception to that being Allison Danger who was also let go. It was also reported that WWE officials didn’t deny that this was the case.

Timothy Thatcher, Danny Burch, and ‘Hachiman’ Hideki Suzuki were also let go which Fightful says gives an indication as to how WWE viewed them as they were told no talent were to be cut. Burch and Thatcher had been coaching in the PC while Suzuki appeared on-screen with Diamond Mine but never competed in an NXT ring.

NXT transitioned to NXT 2.0 in September with a wholesale change of featured talents on television with Bron Breakker finally capturing the NXT Championship at New Year’s Evil to complete the transition and signal the complete end of the black and gold brand on-screen.

It is reported that Road Dogg and Regal’s departures are the most obvious releases signalling that the developmental brand has changed directions both on-screen as well as behind the scenes with both described as “Triple H guys.” Although Fightful note that everyone they spoke to felt William Regal was immune to any cuts but that was obviously not the case.

The report adds that Steve Corino and Jeremy Borash are still employed by the company.