A new directive has been launched in WWE according to a new report suggesting that women will only be hired for developmental if they are under a certain age.
WWE recently underwent their latest round of cuts to their roster with a staggering 18 WWE Superstars released from their contracts.
The likes of Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, Nia Jax, and Scarlett were among those let go for what is being called budget cuts. However, some stories have emerged suggesting that some stars were cut due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.
Now the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that a new directive is being carried out in the company and female stars will only be recruited if they are 25 or under:
“Age is also likely a part in many of the decisions because the company is well aware that they don’t have enough talent in their 20s on television and are looking at recruiting bigger, younger and people with more of a legitimate athletic background going forward. The new directives on hiring new women is the recommendations are 25 or younger.”
In addition, another part of the report suggests that new signings coming to the company in 2022 will only be hired for 60-day trials, unless they are designated “top prospects:”
“There is also talk that of those being signed by WWE starting in the new year, that they will, except the top prospects, be signed to 60-day trial contracts to see the rate they improve at. If they don’t show improvement, they won’t be signed to full-time deals.”
NXT star Franky Monet was among those let go in the latest round of releases and the former IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion has taken someone to task over ageist comments on social media.