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The 7 WWE Wrestlers Released In 2022

Here we go again. In 2021, over 80 wrestlers were released from WWE over the course of the year. Typically, there are a few releases throughout each year, which includes one massive layoff during what fans call WWE’s “spring cleaning.” However, over the course of 2020 and 2021, WWE had numerous days of big layoffs where a dozen or so wrestlers had been cut. These releases were because of supposed “budget cuts” and they included members of the Performance Center, NXT, Raw, and Smackdown.

 

It’s 2022, and already, WWE has been releasing plenty of on-air talent, from wrestlers, to referees, to general managers. These releases have been especially devastating for NXT, seeing the releases of both William Regal and Jesse James. Throughout the year, we’ll keep you updated with wrestler releases as they happen. Many of these first batch of releases were first reported by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp.

 

 

As of this writing, this list is at seven. Typically, we’re only including in-ring talent releases for this list, so backstage employees, producers, writers, and coaches won’t be added, unless they were used as wrestlers or were extremely notable.

 

Timothy Thatcher
Released: January 5

Started with WWE: February 2020 (NXT)

 

 

 

William Regal
William Regal

William Regal
Released: January 5

Started with WWE: 1998-99, 2000-2022

 

 

Scott Armstrong
Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong
Released: January 5

Started with WWE: July 2006

 

Referee Armstrong was furloughed from WWE on April 15, 2020 until October 4 because of COVID-19 cutbacks.

 

 

Danny Burch
Danny Burch

Danny Burch
Released: January 5

Started with WWE: July 2015

 

Hideki Suzuki
Hideki Suzuki

Hideki Suzuki
Released: January 5

Started with WWE: April 2021 (NXT)

 

 

Jesse James
Jesse James

Jesse James
Released: January 6

Started with WWE: August 1994-2001, 2011-2022

 

 

Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe
Released: January 6

Started with WWE: May 20, 2015 (NXT)

Samoa Joe was released on April 15, 2021 then rehired to NXT shortly after.

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