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One - perhaps two of these names does/do not belong!
    Originally posted by WWE (wwe.com)
    Mickie James and other WWE Superstars released
    Written: April 22, 2010

    WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Divas Mickie James and Katie Lea Burchill as well as Superstars Shelton Benjamin, Kung Fu Naki, Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang as of today, April 22, 2010. We wish them the best in all future endeavors.




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Are we 100% sure they didn't accidentally spell Matt Hardy s-h-e-l-t-o-n b-e-n-j-a-m-i-n?



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Dave says

    James was released because she more than once on the European tour arrived late for the bus, holding up travel. That was considered the straw that broke the camel's back dating back to her being disciplined by being sent to Smackdown.
If I recall correctly, she was disciplined for handling an intracompany breakup very badly. If I further recall correctly, it was strongly hinted that Cena was her breaker-upper.

I like Mickie, but I can't complain if it was a legit straw-breaking.

I love Shelton, but WWE was *never* going to do anything with him, and maybe a change of scenario will help him regain and maintain his motivation.



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Mickey will make a great edition to the KO division.

Shelton will do okay in TNA where you don't have to talk to get over.

The rest of them.......... I guess see you on the Indy circuit.

Why now and not after the draft? At least give them a slight chance to catch on, on a different show.
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I think Mickie was done with her music career going on, but Shelton? TNA would smart to pick both of them up down the line maybe a few months from now and based on try outs as well if those two want to go there. Sucks to be those guys today, hopefully they will go out and prove WWE wrong.
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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by hansen9j
    I like Mickie, but I can't complain if it was a legit straw-breaking.

    I love Shelton, but WWE was *never* going to do anything with him, and maybe a change of scenario will help him regain and maintain his motivation.
With so many bimbo/skank/no-talent/look-a-likes in WWE, I always have to shed a tear when one that I actually like has to go (DISCLAIMER: Mickie & I share a birthday).

Unfortunately for Shelton, I think he's definitely a WYSIWYG kind of guy. I'm sure he'll find work somewhere else, but I dont know if he'll ever have that "IT" we all knew was missing but were all afraid to mention out loud.



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Well I said Shelton would be released next in the last topic this came up in. I'm sad I was right.



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WHOA! I'm very surprised by both Mickie James and Shelton Benjamin's releases, but I'm sure they'll both land on their feet.

I'm also surprised that Funaki got released... true, WWE hasn't done anything with him in a long time but as I recall he's been continually employed with the company since 1998.



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Jimmy Yang is already dropping TNA hints via Twitter.

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"3 strike and your out i hear florida is a nice place to visit"

He's been in TNA before, of course -- in their first match, even, as one of the Flying Elvises.

The "3 strike" thing implies that there's a reason behind his release other than fat-trimming.

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Pity they never worked Jesse/Slam Master J into the Legacy angle. I guess because Terry Gordy wasn't really a WWF guy, aside from his Executioner stint.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.86
Mickie may make a perfect fit (Along with all the other wrestlers Vince has fired) in TNA. I may actually watch it.

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Goddamn. Psycho Penguin nailed it on Benjamin.
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AAA [hearts] bringing in both people off WWE TV and foreign women, so I suspect Shelton, Mickie and Katie Lea will be brought to Mexico for at least one appearance.

Yang was in ROH at least twice - but wasn't there something that happened the last time he left? Or was that first time?



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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Why now and not after the draft? At least give them a slight chance to catch on, on a different show.



I'd rather they released them before the draft, instead of announcing they were drafted to the other brand, then they never appear on television, and quietly get released anyway.

I'm suprised Mickie James was released, as it is nice to have women's wrestlers that can wrestle. I never understood the logic of hiring women based on their looks alone - if I want to watch hot women on tv, there are plenty of places to do it other than a wrestling show, so I don't think they are picking up any viewers. I love looking at hot women, but it doesn't mean I want to see them try to wrestle!
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'apperently' (according to 411) Micke was late for the bus a few times during the European Tour. And it sounds like that was a last starw kinda deal.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.43
I'd be excited about Shelton (& probably Charlie Haas) showing up in TNA if it just weren't for this recent Hogan-based downturn in their product. Do we know what's really going on with Kurt's downtime? Could be a good time for ROH.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
Mickie had a lot o' problems. First the same two strikes as Maria of the finite WWE female shelf life along with having the slightest desire to do anything outside of WWE. Plus being all fat. Plus the heat she had on Raw for "getting too clingy" over John Cena that led to her emergency trade to Smackdown last summer.

    Originally posted by Karlos
    The "3 strike" thing implies that there's a reason behind his release other than fat-trimming.


I think this is the third time he's been cut by WWE.

    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Shelton will do okay in TNA where you don't have to talk to get over. The rest of them.......... I guess see you on the Indy circuit.


All three of the small dudes would fit right in as "show up and pin the X Division champion" TNA types.

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.38
Kinda makes the whole Piggie James thing seem a lot more dickish.

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
Haas and Benjamin VS Beer Money as well as matches against MCMG and even Team 3D and L A X(when they reunite) should be awesome. Interestingly enough Haas was doing interviews recentely saying Benjamin's contract was expiring soon and begged him not to re-sign.

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
    Originally posted by emma
    I'd be excited about Shelton (& probably Charlie Haas) showing up in TNA if it just weren't for this recent Hogan-based downturn in their product. Do we know what's really going on with Kurt's downtime? Could be a good time for ROH.
Impact was pretty good on Monday night and there's plenty of rumors that Russo is stepping down and Heyman may come in.
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