Backstage Update On Massive WWE Cuts: Some Talents Fired, Others "Furloughed"

WWE |By Matt Boone |Thu, April 16, 2020 - 3:09PM EDT
WWE Cuts Update

To clarify WWE's cuts today, all of the wrestlers/officials who were listed on the company's website were given their outright releases, meaning they are no longer under contract and won't be returning unless it's on a new contract.

That list reads as follows: Rusev, Kurt Angle, Drake Maverick, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Heath Slater, Eric Young, Rowan, Sarah Logan, No Way Jose, Mike Chioda, Mike Kanellis, Maria Kanellis, EC3, Aiden English, Lio Rush, Primo and Epico.

It appears all of the WWE producers and coaches who were named as part of the cuts (not by the company) have been "furloughed" instead of given their releases.

While the specifics of what it means to be furloughed isn't entirely clear, it is still true that they are inactive, out of work and not being paid by WWE.

Essentially, it would be similar to being laid off, which would imply that if and when work is available again, they would presumably be brought back.

Sean Ross Sapp of fightful.com reports that the few NXT wrestlers who were given their releases yesterday are being paid for the next 30 days and then are free to do whatever they want, which pretty much amounts to a 30-day non-compete clause.

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