‘Tis the season of the future endeavor’d.

While WWE has a reputation for signing some of the world’s best wrestling talent, it has also gained notoriety for misusing and, eventually, releasing said talent. The coronavirus pandemic ballooned the company’s release list in 2020, but expect more of the same this year, as several big-name wrestlers have already been released from WWE contracts.

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With WrestleMania 37 in the rear-view mirror, the company has entered its annual “spring cleaning” period, during which it releases stars en masse. A few releases have already been made so far in 2021, with a few surprising names topping the list.

Sporting News will be tracking the latest reported releases throughout 2021 below.

WWE releases 2021


Release: March 21

Andrade (formerly known as Andrade “Cien” Almas in WWE) reportedly requested his released in March, and was granted it on March 21. The luchador was a one-time NXT champion and found little success on the main roster, though, winning the United States championship once.

Known as “La Sombra” in NJPW and CMLL before his NXT arrival, Andrade will likely find success in another wrestling company, and soon.

Lars Sullivan

Reported release: February 2021

Sullivan was being booked as a potential all-world heel before an injury sidelined him in 2019, and several controversies followed: mysoginistic and racist comments from Sullivan on an internet forum surfaced, as well as his appearance in an adult film years before his wrestling career got underway.

Speaking with Fightful earlier in the year, Sullivan revealed that he battles anxiety issues, and the company handled his release with grace.

He was quietly released in February, not even getting the “Future Endeavor” treatment on WWE.com.

Steve Cutler

Released: Feb. 4

Cutler, a third of the Forgotten Sons, was released after the stable was disbanded in the wake of Jaxson Ryker’s controversial tweets surrounding former President Donald Trump and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Some reports indicate that Vince McMahon was “livid” with Cutler’s (real name Steve Maclin) appearance at a New Year’s Eve party, while the company continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samoa Joe

Released: April 15

Samoa Joe, a one-time NXT champion and all-around badass, was released on April 15 during the company’s annual mass releases. There’s some question to why Joe was released, because both as a wrestler and broadcaster he had plenty of value.

Peyton Royce

Released: April 15

Royce, half of WWE’s “Iiconics,” was let go on April 15. With Billie Kay, Royce’s career blossomed on NXT before getting the call up to the main roster. That proved fruitless, with the company electing to split up the duo later.

Billie Kay

Released: April 15

The Australian Kay, half of WWE’s “Iiconics,” was let go on April 15. Alongside Peyton Royce, Kay made her stamp in WWE’s NXT sub-brand before being called up to the main roster. The “Femme Fatale’s” luck ran short, with the company deciding to end the duo soon after the callup.

Mickie James

Released: April 15

James, a veteran of the women’s division, had an on-again-off-again relationship with the company for the past decade plus. She eventually returned to WWE in 2016, making sporadic appearances over the past year until her release.

Chelsea Green

Released: April 15

Green never made an appearance on the main roster, but was given a three-year contract extension with WWE in November 2020. Injuries kept her sidelined, eventually leading to her release.

She is married to former WWE star Matt Cardona (formerly known as Zack Ryder).

Tucker Knight

Released: April 15

Knight, formerly in a tag team alongside Otis Dozovic, was split from his partner soon after making his debut on the main roster. After the unfortunate disbanding of Heavy Machinery, Knight floundered in a singles role, eventually leading to his release.


Released: April 15

Kalisto, a third of the Lucha House Party, was separated from his stablemates in the 2020 WWE Draft. While he was a former United States and Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto’s eight-year WWE career ended soon after WrestleMania 37.

Bo Dallas

Released: April 15

Dallas, brother of Bray Wyatt, never found footing in WWE, struggling to find a gimmick that worked for him on the main roster. While he worked with The Miz and Curtis Axel, Dallas had been absent from WWE TV for more than a year.

Unfortunately, Dallas was let go on April 15, 2021, ending a career that lasted more than a decade in WWE brands.

Wesley Blake

Released: April 15

Blake was part of the controversial Forgotten Sons stable that made its debut in NXT before moving to the main brand. His stablemate, Steve Cutler, had been released in February. Only Jaxon Ryker, who came under fire for controversial tweets, remains employed by the company.

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