It was only on the 4th of November that WWE released a whole bunch of talented wrestlers. Among that list were Nia Jax, Karrion Kross, Ember Moon and Harry Smith. There were rumors of another crop of releases on the horizon, but many thought that that was merely the whispering of the old rumor mill; nothing but a ghost of a noise in the harsh winds made by the machine composed of the internet news momentum working a little overtime.
But, as the 18th of November dawned, it looked like the rumor mill’s ghost whisperings actually spoke the truth as opposed to the lies it can often unleash.
A bunch of other wrestlers were released and this time there were even more shocking hits. Among this set of releases were Drake Maverick, John Morrison and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. In fact, all of Hit Row was done away with in one fell swoop. Tegan Nox was also released.
Her release is just as shocking as all the others if not more. She has been through so much with that company…so many injuries and she pushed back to return from yet another injury earlier this year only to be taken from NXT, put on the main roster, then drafted to Raw, separated from her tag partner, Shotzi Blackheart and then underutilized, leading of course to her release.
Many of these wrestlers spoke out immediately following their release, and perhaps the most vocal were none other than Taya Valkyrie on behalf of her husband, John Morrison. She said of the recent releases and of WWE:
“Stop supporting a company that has ZERO respect for their talent. You love pro wrestling, spend your money on the hundreds of other alternatives. This is wrong. Ethically, as employers they don’t care about us. Talent or fans. ”via Taya Valkyrie /Twitter
Drake maverick posted a video on social media and he even received a nod from John Cena himself, the legend showing support for Maverick directly on Twitter, he stating:
“This is worth a watch. Very well done and very powerful message by a gifted performer.”via John Cena /Twitter
In the end, Drake’s video is nothing but promising. He definitely has a place in AEW if the phone call he alludes to at the end of his video is for an opportunity in AEW.
As far as Morrison is concerned…Johnny Impact was Impact Wrestling royalty, as was his wife, and a return to that promotion is imminent…they left on very good terms.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, who wrestled as Killshot in Lucha Underground, is very talented and as is often the case, his skills were not well showcased in NXT and not at all on SmackDown after his recent draft. AEW is the perfect platform for someone of his talents (just look at Lio Rush), but time will tell where all of these epic talents will end up.