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Backstage News On Recent WWE Releases; More Definitely Coming

The majority of the recent WWE releases — specially including that of Damien Sandow, Alex Riley, Zeb Colter, Wade Barrett, El Torito, Santino Marella and Hornswoggle — were mostly just a case of the characters having run their course and WWE having nothing for them creatively.

Santino is a different story as he’s dealt with a neck injury with complications that effectively ended his in-ring career. He's already branched out to a new career with his Canadian-based Battle Arts Academy and was recently married.

Alex Riley and Damien Sandow were both considered promising prospects but Riley’s in-ring work never got to where it needed to be and Sandow, in my opinion, never got the proper support from a storyline perspective (he turned some duds into gold).

Barrett intended to walk and that appears to be what we’re about to see with Ryback. I would be shocked if Adam Rose survives his most recently legal issues, compiled with the Wellness violation that he was very vocal in criticizing.

Multiple sources have informed us Vince McMahon wants several names up from WWE NXT and the cuts appear to be a way to make some room for the inevitable.

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  • BlackLotus

    I have to agree that Sandow got the short end of the stick here. But the biggest problem in all this is the “Creative” team not being very creative.

    • Wonderkarp

      well, if Sandow wants to come back to WWE, he just needs to go to New Japan for a couple years

      • Simon Veitch

        Pretty much this.

  • Rachel Miller

    Is it true that both Cody “Stardust” Rhodes and Goldust will be spared from the upcoming roster cuts due to being sons of Dusty Rhodes and also, when will the latest edition of Ask WNW be uploaded online? Thanks!

    • Zack

      I’m working on Ask WNW right now actually, should be up later tonight

      • Rachel Miller

        Thanks, I can’t wait to see it!

    • Pedro Moreno Pacheco

      both are truly talented. goldust for someone at his age can do a lot of things people 20 years younger can only hope.right now he’s being used in a storyline with all this golden truth thing so i think he’s safe unless something horrible about him apears (wich i doubt)
      Cody is a really talented guy thats being missused. right now is the go to jobber that make new midcarders look good. i wish they use him better but i doubt he will be released.
      So in other word No, i dont think its just because they are dusty’s sons. they have thei own talent to step away the shadow of their father… and vince have fired sons of beloved legends before without thinking.

  • David F

    ADR and Sheamus should both be cut. They have been given plenty of chances and have done nothing with them and maybe Rusev and Lana as well.

    • Avalanchian

      Sheamus won’t be let go anytime soon. He’s in the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie and while his character in the ring might suck. He does a good deal of stuff outside the ring for WWE.