WWE had another round of budget cuts as Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported the news of ten WWE releases, including Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis. Departing WWE alongside Kai and Lumis are Malcolm Bivens, Harland, Persia Pirotta, Sanjana George, Draco Anthony, Raelyn Divine, Mila Malan, and Blair Baldwin. Now, it has been reported that there might be a few more names that could join the list soon.
More WWE stars could be released
On the most recent Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about what he has been hearing. Some within WWE believe that more names are coming. Whether that news will break any time soon or at all is anyone’s guess.
“There’s people in the company who think that [the ten names] that’s not it. I’ve heard rumblings about more, but who knows? Some of these, obviously, were blindsided because you can just watch the TV and see Dexter Lumis and Persia Pirotta, and who was the other one? Malcom Bivens.”
It turns out those working behind the scenes on NXT 2.0 had no clue of incoming releases and had no option but to drop entire storylines and feuds. Dexter Lumis had been a high-profile part of NXT towards the end of 2021 when he was married on-screen to Indi Hartwell. Lumis competed in his last match on the brand on the 19th of April where he and Duke Hudson unsuccessfully challenged Pretty Deadly for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Speaking about Persia Pirotta, she was also seen on-screen heavily and was recently paired with Duke Hudson. Malcolm Bivens managed The Diamond Mine but he was reportedly wishing to get released.