Woke up from a midday nap to the world of WWE, NXT and the Performance Center completely turned upside down.
It all started with a tweet:
It would seem that WWE is in the middle of releasing a number of Performance Center staffers.
WWE Makes More Cuts
The company issued the following statement to PWInsider.com:
“With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve decided to part ways with some of the staff based in our Performance Center. We thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the best.”
As noted, it was announced today that due to changes with the WWE NXT 2.0 brand, the company was parting ways with several writers, producers and coaches. WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Brian James was the first name revealed. Immediately followed by Sarah Cummins, who was working as the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. The other names that have been confirmed are as follows:
* William Regal. He had been working as WWE’s Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting, being the main talent scout for the company. He also worked on TV as the NXT General Manager until this past fall. Regal had been with WWE since 2000
* George Carroll. Formerly an employee of MLW and NJPW in the United States, Carroll was hired in 2020 to work as a producer and creative writer in NXT
* Dave Kapoor. Formerly known in the WWE storylines as Ranjin Singh, Kapoor previously worked as a Senior Vice President of Creative. He first began working for WWE in 2007, and moved to Florida in 2020 to work full-time behind-the-scenes for NXT
* Scott Armstrong. A veteran pro wrestler and referee, Armstrong had been working as a main roster producer until being furloughed in 2020 along with other COVID-19 budget cuts. He returned last fall, and had been working behind-the-scenes in NXT as of late. Armstrong had been with WWE since 2006
* Christopher Guy. Formerly known to pro wrestling fans as Ace Steel, Guy was hired to work as a WWE Performance Center Coach in October 2019 after working a guest coaching gig. He had also produced matches in NXT
* Ryan Katz. A long-time NXT creative producer, Katz was involved in a lot of NXT creative character development and vignettes. He taught promo class following the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, and was credited with helping numerous wrestlers improve their characters. He had been with WWE since 2015, and previously worked for MTV’s Wrestling Society X and elsewhere as GQ Money
New names are being added to the very minute as we write this.
-Former NXT Tag Team Champion: Timothy Thatcher (who has been written off as of August)
-Former NXT Tag Team Champion: Danny Burch
-Cathy Corino AKA: Allison Danger
-Former Performance Center coach and Diamond Mine recruit: Hideki Suzuki
We are starting to see wrestlers also comment or chime in on the most recent releases.
We will provide updates as the story itself is still developing. What are your thoughts on the recent releases? Who do you think may be next? Tell us in the comments below.