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Several Wrestlers Released From WWE

WWE announced on Friday that they have released Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Cameron, Zeb Colter, El Torito, Alex Riley and Hornswoggle. WWE issued the following:

WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstars Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Cameron, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Alex Riley and Zeb Colter as of today, Friday, May 6, 2016. WWE wishes them the best in all of their future endeavors.

Riley signed with WWE in 2007 and was called up to the main roster in late 2010 and was paired with The Miz. Later in his WWE career, he was working as an announcer and a wrestler in NXT.

Hornswoggle signed with WWE in 2006. He won the Cruiserweight Title during his stint with the company.

Colter returned to WWE in 2013 to be the manager of Jack Swagger and Cesaro. He later managed Alberto Del Rio.

UPDATE: Wade Barrett noted on Twitter that he is officially done with WWE. His contract was set to expire in few weeks, and WWE let him out of his contract early. He posted this on Twitter:

Barrett signed with WWE in 2006, and he made his main roster debut in June of 2010 as the leader of the Nexus. He held the Intercontinental Title five-times during his career and won the King of the Ring in 2015.


  • Mister Who

    Glad that Hornswoggle is gone, i don’t care about him

  • Mister Who

    Yup Hornswoggle, thank goodness he’s gone that’s the only good news

  • Ray Myer

    Really, really disappointed that Ryback isn’t on that list but Sandow is.

  • Solid

    Was a shame neither one of them was WHC/WWE champion at least once during their time.

  • The Killswitch

    Except, they really do make good money.

  • jack

    why would anyone want to be a wrestler? theyre not even rich.

  • Armitage Soulshroude

    Wait, what? Barrett and Sandow were jobbers in every sense of the term. They’re better off independent.

  • Armitage Soulshroude

    About f**king time the “comedy relief” was let go… good riddance.

  • Will Henderson

    sorry to see anybody get released, these talent were pretty much laid off from WWE meaning WWE needed to cut corners and let talent who had been wanting out or have no more good use to WWE go to make room for up and coming talent. every business lays people off all the time to either to adjust the budget of the company or to get rid of the unneeded employees. it’s life but the ones that actually still wrestled can get booked in the indies and talents like Barrett can be used in the other big companies like NJPW or ROH, but should not be wasted on that crap company TNA. meanwhile Dutch Mantell aka Zeb Coulter can retire from pro wrestling all together or go back to working the behind the scenes in Puerto Rico based wrestling promotions. and Santino, he was really not able to compete anymore so the release was just to get out of his current contract, i wouldn’t be surprise if in a couple of years from now, he will sign a Legends deal.

    we had a feeling these releases were coming after WrestleMania, and also Rob Feinstein (aka the guy who got got by perverted justice) of RF Videos gave us a heads up yesterday about it, so he was right.

    and one more thing, i expect more releases by the end of the weekend, as some NXT Talent could be next as WWE tends to release NXT talent that are not being used alot to make room for the newest signed talents (in this case the new talents would be Nikki Storm, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Austin Aries, Shinsuke Nakamura, Etc.)

    also, surprised that Adam Rose, Ryback and Jack Swagger weren’t in this group of mass-released talent.

  • CC

    no real surprises on this list, but Barret and Sandow deserved better

  • Chris E.

    Shame that Barrett never made a better impact past his Nexus days. As soon as his star started rising, he would get hit with another injury. Bad luck.
    El Torito is eventually to Lucha Underground for sure.

  • oppa

    So no more Sizzler on UpUPDownDown? That sucks big time. Stu and Arron are going to go down as two of the biggest misuse of talent WWE has had in the past few years. smh.

  • It sucks to see Colter and Hornswaggle go but I’m glad that Cameron is gone. She has always been like nails on a chalkboard for me.

  • ROB-1.

    Sorry to see Colter go. The other two I don’t care about.