Following the recent releases of multiple WWE Superstars, speculation has swirled around the future of WWE with some suggesting that the company may soon by sold. Speaking on a recent episode of his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Sean Waltman weighed in on the rumours.
Initially reflecting on the releases, Sean Waltman explained that he was surprised, but not shocked that Braun Strowman had been let go.
“Some of them are bigger name than others, the biggest being Braun Strowman,” Waltman pointed out. “He was the champion. He was in one of the main events of WrestleMania last year. It’s a surprise, but it’s not a shock. Nothing like that shocks me when it comes to that. People are speculating as to why. A lot of people are talking.”
Waltman continued further, adding that while it’s possible that the company may be sold, it’s also possible that they are simply trying to balance the books.
“Yeah, sure. I don’t know that he’s ready to do so yet,” Waltman said.” He might want to cash out. It could be like, ‘Yeah, I’ll sell, but I’ll still have some say over the company.’ Didn’t something like that happen when AOL bought Turner Broadcasting? Didn’t Ted Turner still keep a little bit of stroke? But I think it’s just as likely they’re just trying to get the bottom line as best as they can get it working for their shareholders.”
The former WWE Tag Team Champion went on to speculate over where the newly released stars may end up. Waltman commented that he doesn’t expect it will be difficult for the likes of Strowman and Aleister Black to find work, as there are plenty of opportunities available. The former WCW star also suggested that Lana may now join her husband Miro in AEW, although her character will need to evolve. Something he compared to his own switch from WCW to WWE in the 1990’s.
“I mean, they can. I don’t know if AEW wants them all,” Waltman admitted. “The landscape of the industry right now, it’s interesting. I just can’t imagine Strowman or Aleister Black having a hard time figuring out what they want. They might have a hard time deciding, but there’s plenty of opportunities. Lana and Miro together, sure, why not? It’s a little different now because he’s not the ‘Bulgarian Brute,’ that whole monster. He has a different vibe now. It’s like when I left WCW and became X-Pac. It was kind of an extension of Syxx. It was basically the same.”
The latest round of WWE releases, including the likes of Braun Strowman and Aleister Black sparked speculation that the company may soon be up for sale.
Reflecting on the releases, Bryan Alvarez noted that there are a lot of people within WWE who believe that the cuts are linked to the company being sold.
However, Brandon Thurston poured cold water on the speculation after revealing that he had spoken to several investors.
Meanwhile, it has recently been reported that some within WWE are pushing for Aleister Black to be brought back to the company. The report notes that some feel that Black was released too soon, and was a victim of circumstances beyond his control.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.