On Thursday, November 4, 2021, WWE released 18 talents from their contracts. Some of the names include former Raw Women's Champion Nia Jax, former NXT Champions Karrion Kross and Keith Lee, and recent signings such as Franky Monet and Harry Smith. The full list of releases can be seen here.
In the hours after the news broke, numerous members of the wrestling community took to social media to share their thoughts. A sampling of them can be seen below:
Old rivals, old friends, some I’ve never encountered… I don’t mind padding my record if they don’t mind being a statistic. See if I care.— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) November 5, 2021
What do we do now?— Windham (@Windham6) November 5, 2021
We wait for the right place.
We wait for the right time.
Then we turn Rome to Ashes.
“Groveling in the muck of avarice”--
I believe in you too
Something’s gotta give. Things need to change. It’s unhealthy. It’s toxic. It’s soul snatching. It’s embarrassing. It’s ruining lives. It’s crushing hopes and dreams. Its contributing to mental health struggles. We’re living in a world full of facades, but the damages are real.— New Ep #NotFound out now! (@TheLionelGreen) November 4, 2021
Blake Christian been a star --— TAIGASTYLE -- (@theleemoriarty) November 4, 2021
So @WWEKarrionKross & @Lady_Scarlett13 get to be a duo again - and whoever picks them up has one of the hottest acts in the biz.— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) November 5, 2021
Unfortunately, it seems @WWE is sometimes intent on trying to reinvent the wheel. pic.twitter.com/NPOE6AL9xW
It’s one thing to not renew someone’s contract.— Trisha Parker (@JordynneGrace) November 5, 2021
It’s another thing to have someone uproot their entire lives, move to an unfamiliar area, and release them from their contract mere months into it.
THAT’S what’s fucked up.
It is very simple - watch and spend your money on something else.— Trisha Parker (@JordynneGrace) November 5, 2021
It’s just fucking ridiculous at this point.
---------- @MiaYim— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) November 5, 2021
My brother's and sisters ... that PLACE is not the be all and end all. You will thrive and prosper because in the end PRO WRESTLING always wins.— JONAH (@JONAHISHERE) November 4, 2021
i believe in you— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) November 5, 2021
Endings always bring Grand New Beginnings my friends. --— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) November 5, 2021
Seriously?? That’s a list of stars. They’ll be juuuuust fine wherever they land— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) November 4, 2021
----— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) November 4, 2021
I wish WCW would’ve won.— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) November 4, 2021
Makes 0 sense.— TAIGASTYLE -- (@theleemoriarty) November 4, 2021
I don’t get it at all. Damn.— Legit Leyla Hirsch (@LegitLeyla) November 4, 2021
My thoughts got out to all those who WWE released tonight. Stay strong. This isn't the end of the world or your career. It is the beginning of a new chapter. Stay strong, onwards & upwards.— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) November 5, 2021
--— Lexi Kaufman (@AlexaBliss_WWE) November 5, 2021
That sucks.— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) November 4, 2021