Abbey Laith, known on the indie circuit as Kimber Lee, was a highly regarded talent when she signed with NXT back in late 2016. Prior to her arrival, she had won championships in Chikara, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Shimmer, and many other companies.
Laith was known for her matches with male competitors, taking on the toughest opponents she could find. When she came to NXT, she was renamed Abbey Laith and would get quite a few opportunities to challenge for the NXT Women’s Championship, usually in the form of a battle royal. However, she never garnered much success on NXT.
Laith would be one of the women used for the Mae Young Classic, getting to the quarterfinals of the tournament before being beaten by Mercedes Martinez.
It was revealed today that Laith was released from NXT, along with another Mae Young competitor, Sage Beckett. Following the news of her release, Laith sent out a motivational tweet, though she has yet to respond to the rumors of her release.
— Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90) March 8, 2018
Beckett was known, prior to her NXT debut, as Rosie Lottalove in TNA. Beckett had retired prior to her arrival in NXT, leaving the business in 2012. However, she would return to the wrestling scene in 2014 127 pounds lighter. She gained quite a few followers during her time with Shine.
Beckett was eliminated from the Mae Young Classic in the first round, losing to Bianca Belair.
— Sage (@SageBeckettWWE) March 8, 2018
It seemed like Sage didn’t expect to be released today, tweeting a positive post about the developmental brand. However, a few hours later, she tweeted again, stating that it was time for a change.
I’ve given my body for 13 years, now it’s time to use my brain. 🙏🏼 #thankyou
— MK (@MKGlidewell) March 8, 2018
It was also reported that Gu Guangming and former NFL running back Demitrius Bronson had been released from their developmental contracts as well.