WWE First Friday Firing Leaks Before SmackDown

Ikemen Jiro was among the several stars who were released from WWE. It has been noted that Fightful confirmed that WWE has released Ikemen Jiro. He last wrestled on the September 8 episode of NXT Level Up and taped a NXT Level Up dark match on September 12.



It has been noted that he has not publicly commented on his release.

Jiro was signed by WWE in 2020 after spending six years in Wrestle-1. He made his television debut on the May 7, 2021 episode of 205 Live teaming with August Grey to defeat Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari. He would remain part of the NXT brand throughout his time in WWE and was part of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. He teamed with Kushida as Jacket Time in the 2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

WWE recently had the first round of talent releases after completing their merger with UFC under TKO Group Holdings earlier this month. The two combat sports giants officially completed their merger on September 12. The new entity known as TKO Group Holdings made its stock market debut soon after at the New York Stock Exchange.

The merger lead to mass layoffs only days after.  It has been noted that the layoffs didn’t stop with office employees only. As expected, the promotion has begun laying off some of the on-screen talents as well.

List of Released WWE Talents

Here’s the updated list of releases:

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Mustafa Ali
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Top Dolla
  • Elias
  • Riddick Moss
  • Rick Boogs
  • Dana Brooke
  • Emma
  • Aaliyah
  • Mace
  • Mansoor
  • Quincy Elliot (NXT)
  • Bryson Montana (NXT)
  • Dabba-Kato
  • Shanky
  • Yulisa León
  • Daniel McArthur
  • Bryson Montana
  • Kevin Ventura-Cortez
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