Stephanie McMahon is WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, and Triple H is currently the COO of WWE and he is also a veteran in the world of professional wrestling, having competed in several great matches and countless memorable moments during his time as an active in-ring competitor in the company. Triple H also apparently turned down a WWE diva for her looks.
WWE have released Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, Santana Garrett, and Buddy Murphy. The reason cited was part of budget cuts, and Strowman was being paid $1.2 million per year according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The former WWE Universal Champion signed a new contract in October 2019, so the budget cut regarding Strowman is the WWE’s biggest saving financially from all of the talent cuts in the last year plus during the pandemic.
That was only just the beginning as WWE continued to release several Superstars o the past few months. Their latest set of releases included the likes of Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, Ember Moon, Mia Yim and Nia Jax.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, several of Stephanie McMahon’s staff was fired during the latest WWE cuts.
Most of Stephanie McMahon’s staff in branding was let go including Laura Petrocelli, who was said to be universally respected within the company and is the wife of longtime writer Ed Koskey. While not official, the belief seems to be with so many cuts in her department that the Branding department will merge into the Marketing department. This also seems to explain all the recent publicity pushes by WWE to promote Stephanie McMahon as the point person in marketing rather than as Chief Brand Officer.