— WWE made significant roster cuts yesterday, releasing nearly two dozen wrestlers as a result of the merger with Endeavor. Here are notable updates on a few prominent names, summarized below:
Dolph Ziggler – Ziggler’s release came as a bit of a surprise, given his extensive tenure with WWE. Interestingly, a couple of years ago, Ziggler had expressed his intention to leave the company. However, at that time, WWE management persuaded him to stay, extending his existing contract well into next year, with rumors suggesting it would expire in the summer of 2024.
Mustafa Ali – Ali had expressed his desire to part ways with WWE as early as 2021, following creative differences that were rumored to involve Vince McMahon directly. Despite formally requesting a release, WWE declined his request, leading to his removal from television. His contract was set to expire in the spring or summer of 2024, making his release an unexpected development.
Elias – Elias had been absent from WWE television for an extended period, and although some speculated that he was dealing with an injury, this was not the case. Elias had been actively pitching creative ideas as recently as last month.
Riddick Moss – Moss had long been a favorite of Paul Heyman, who believed he could elevate him to main event status during his tenure in charge of creative for WWE. However, this concept faced significant resistance backstage, resulting in Moss struggling to secure regular bookings.