A new report has shed some light on what WWE Superstars were told when they were released from the company after rumours that vaccination status may have come into play.
On November 4th, news broke that 18 WWE Superstars had been let go by the company, in yet another round of what is believed to be budget cuts. The likes of former NXT Champions Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, and former WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax were among those let go, with over 70 WWE Superstars now having been released in 2021.
Shortly after the news of the releases broke, stories began swirling that some of the releases were due to individual WWE Superstar’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Nia Jax was initially named as one now-former WWE star whose release was down to that but she has since issued a statement saying that her vaccination status was “never mentioned” during her release.
Now Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer has addressed the issue on Wrestling Observer Radio saying that those stars released due to vaccination status were given no warning:
“Everyone was told it was budgetary reasons. So on the vax story – there were several people, I don’t know the names specifically. It was not everyone but it was probably a half dozen or more that did not get vaxxed that were cut. And it was very much part of the reason.”
“Now the thing is, and I know this from a couple of different people because I asked ‘were you told that if you don’t get vaxxed that you were in trouble?’ Because if your boss goes – especially with WWE, not so much with NXT because they don’t go all over the place but still for the WWE main roster, the idea is you’re gonna go to Mexico and you’re gonna go to Japan and you’re gonna go to Europe at some point and they’re already going to Europe.”
“That requires you to be vaccinated or they will not take you, you can’t go to Europe right now. So that is part of your job, you know these European tours and everything. So it is not unreasonable for the company to ask especially the main roster guys. But even the other ones, it’s not unreasonable to me for them to ask to get vaccinated. But they never told anyone to get vaccinated – I mean as far as I know or threatened and said ‘you have to!’ I go ‘were you told that you needed to get vaccinated?’ and it was like ‘no.'”
Dave Meltzer also discussed several other WWE stars that were considered for their release including two NXT regulars.