A new year and a new era of NXT has also resulted in new cups by WWE.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp reported several names that were released on Wednesday after last night’s NXT 2.0, where Bron Breakker became NXT champion by beating Tommaso Ciampa. WWE has posted the following regarding the most recent cuts:
“With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we have made a decision to separate ourselves from some of the staff based in our Performance Center,” the WWE statement said. “We thank them for their many contributions over the years and wish them the best.”
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One of the first names Fightful announced was Brian James, a member of D-Generation X, also known as Road Dogg. Multiple tag team champion Road Dogg has worked behind the scenes with WWE since 2014. He was a producer and writer for SmackDown and started working with talent in NXT in 2019.
William Regal was another big name dropped. A veteran of the professional wrestling world, Regal became the Managing Director of NXT in 2014. When NXT 2.0 launched, he no longer had that role, but was still seen in the product. Regal is considered to be one of the most proficient wrestlers in the business. He oversaw the Performance Center trials and attended freelance wrestling shows as a recruiter. Regal’s last match in the ring was in 2013.
Other staff that WWE has let go, according to PWInsider, include trainer Ace Steel, writers Ryan Katz and George Carroll (Carroll has worked with MLW and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the past), Dave Kapoor (Ranjin Singh ), referee Scott Armstrong and Cathy Corino. Corino, known as Allison Danger, is a multi-time champion known for performing SHIMMER. She is linked to former ECW Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and just started working for WWE a few months ago.
Thank you @NXTMattBloom
Thank you @ShawnMichaels
Thank you @WWE
The ride was short but absolutely amazing. I will always be grateful for your warmth and for giving this old maid a chance to live her dream.
– Professor Allison Danger (@allisondanger) January 5, 2022
Other talents left behind include:
- Hideki Suzuki of Diamond Mine, who is also a trainer at WWE Performance Center
- Timothy Thatcher, a former EVOLVE champion who has also been a coach
- Danny Burch, a former NXT Tag Team champion who also worked as a coach
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Sporting News will continue to keep you informed if further releases are announced.