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WWE announced massive furloughs and talent releases related to tightening their spending in advance of what will surely be a pessimistic earnings call next week. In addition to talent getting the axe, a lot of backstage production folks have been furloughed.

Names that have been reported so far:
Karl Anderson
Kurt Angle
Scott Armstrong
Pat Buck
Mike Chioda
Epico Colon
Primo Colon
Shawn Daivari
EC3
Aiden English
Fit Finlay
Luke Gallows
Curt Hawkins
Hurricane Helms
No Way Jose
Maria Kanellis
Mike Kanellis
Billy Kidman
Sarah Logan
Drake Maverick
Mike Rotunda
Erick Rowan
Rusev
Lio Rush
Zack Ryder
Heath Slater
Sarah Stock
Lance Storm
Eric Young

...and we'll probably be editing this post for a day or two to add even more names.

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Drake Maverick was previously announced as part of a tournament to crown an interim NXT cruiserweight champion - in this video he says he's still competing, so expect him to eventually do the job.



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Mike Chioda's name is a surprise - he'd been a referee for, I think, over 30 years, and had been the senior official for much of the past decade.



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Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting the producers and other backstage people are being furloughed, which at least theoretically means they can be brought back once things improve. If things improve.



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I wonder if there will be more coming. I'm surprised No Way Jose and Zack Ryder survived.

Add Rowan, Primo and Epico to the list.

EDIT: Zack Ryder and No Way Jose released.

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WHAT ABOUT HEATH SLATER'S KIDS???!!!
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If only Vince had a ridiculous amount of millions sitting around in the bank available to pay everyone. He could have come out of this looking good. Instead he comes out of it looking like someone so interested in his own money he makes people perform weekly despite it being unnecessary and fires what may well end up being a hundred or so employees. He may well have screwed himself over completely.
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Looks like the Observer's Twitter account is retweeting NXT folks who also appear to have been let go.



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WWE's news release, which may have been edited a few times, lists 20 names as I post this: https://www.wwe.com/article/wwe-talent-releases-kurt-angle-drake-maverick-karl-anderson



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And then there's this (first of a long thread)



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1) Furlough is not something I know much about. But, how do you furlough an independent contractor?

2) I didn't know Lance Storm was on WWE's "payroll" ?

3) Am pretty sure that Cody, Matt & Nick, Kenny, & Tony have all been constantly recharging their cell phones all day today. It'll be an entertaining BTE next Monday.
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    Originally posted by emma


    3) Am pretty sure that Cody, Matt & Nick, Kenny, & Tony have all been constantly recharging their cell phones all day today. It'll be an entertaining BTE next Monday.


WWE can do this now because AEW isn’t making a lot of new money and there is no indie running anywhere. Other than looking really shitty and shoot interviews none of this will hurt them in the near future, because there is nowhere for these people to show up to a shocked crowd reaction. Vince is good friends with Trump, so he might have gotten some long term inside information that makes him think that things will not be changing for quite awhile.

I think there will be a lot more releases coming. Deonna Purrazzo says she’s gone. The NXT releases could be massive.




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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by emma


      3) Am pretty sure that Cody, Matt & Nick, Kenny, & Tony have all been constantly recharging their cell phones all day today. It'll be an entertaining BTE next Monday.


    WWE can do this now because AEW isn’t making a lot of new money and there is no indie running anywhere. Other than looking really shitty and shoot interviews none of this will hurt them in the near future, because there is nowhere for these people to show up to a shocked crowd reaction. Vince is good friends with Trump, so he might have gotten some long term inside information that makes him think that things will not be changing for quite awhile.








Who has deeper pockets though? Vince or Tony?

I hope, pray, and am willing to bet that this situation won't last forever though. Who can sit, wait, and flat out outlast the other?



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One notable difference is that WWE is publicly traded, so Vince has to answer to investors, etc. Tony just has to answer to daddy. :-) And daddy's probably more concerned with whether there'll be an NFL season to deal with.

When I was an independent contractor, if the hiring party told me that I wasn't getting paid any more (Isn't that the main thing of "furlough"?), I'm pretty sure that'd mean to me "termination of contract". Including things like non-compete clauses, etc. But then, WWE contracts seem to beasts all in their own right -- for all I know, they have a "furlough" clause built in already!!
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