List of released Superstars by WWE after $21 billion merger with UFC

The list of WWE released stars due to the post-merger talent cuts looks shocking, with a few unexpected names.


List of released Superstars by WWE after $21 billion merger with UFC

Endeavor owned UFC and WWE (via POST Wrestling)

The most talked-about thing in the professional wrestling business, the WWE-UFC merger, has been considered a huge step in both companies’ success for now. Endeavor Group’s takeover of WWE this past week took the world by storm and established its control over the sports industry. But now, on the other hand, the deal has started showing its consequences, with several WWE superstars getting released. 

The news was announced by Fightful, and even many stars posted on social media. WWE has carried out its tradition of letting go of the superstars for their own sake. This post-merger talent cut includes current superstars who were part of the main roster. Some surprising names include Mustafa Ali and Dolph Ziggler, who are quite big stars compared to the others. The list of released superstars is as follows:

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

It was expected for WWE to undertake some actions regarding their talents in the coming days. But with shocking names like Ali, it has been speculated to be more than budget cuts, which does not make sense. Mustafa had a scheduled match with “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio this month at No Mercy for the NXT North American Title.

Fightful has also mentioned that more releases are to be expected from NXT alone. While the names for it are speculated to be not that shocking due to the yellow brand’s rating at this stage. There are numerous possibilities for what can be seen in the era of Endeavor.

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Wrestling World react to Dolph Ziggler’s shocking WWE reaction

Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler (via Yahoo)

The release of Dolph Ziggler was a massive shock to the WWE Universe. The celebrated career of Ziggler was rewarded to him because of his impeccable talent and endless charm. And now that after his decade-long run, his release has disappointed the people with a loved heel being no longer with the company. Wrestling World has shown their reactions to Ziggler’s let go in the comments of the official post by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.

The Show-Off was away from WWE programming for more than three months with his last match being in May 2023. Dolph was a Grand Slam Champion adding with a Money in the Bank victory in 2012 and a successful cash-in on Raw After Mania 2013. Ziggler was arguably one of the most incredible heels throughout his stint.

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