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Damon Kemp’s WWE departure: What it means for wrestling’s future

One big thing

Damon Kemp, once touted as a future NXT star, announced his departure from WWE via Twitter, marking another unexpected exit from the company’s developmental brand.

Why it matters

Kemp’s departure raises questions about WWE’s talent retention and development strategies, especially considering his potential and familial connection to Gable Steveson.

The details

• Kemp joined WWE in August 2021 and wrestled his last match on June 25, 2024.
• He expressed gratitude for his experiences and connections made during his WWE tenure.
• Kemp is the brother of Gable Steveson, who also left WWE earlier this year.

By the numbers

• Kemp’s WWE career lasted approximately 2 years and 10 months.
• His departure follows a trend of promising NXT talents leaving the company in recent years.

What they’re saying

Kemp’s Twitter statement: “As of today I am no longer under contract with WWE. Forever grateful for the people I met and the experiences I’ve had.”

The big picture

Kemp’s exit highlights the challenges WWE faces in nurturing and retaining young talent in an increasingly competitive wrestling landscape.

What to watch

• Where Kemp lands next could indicate shifting dynamics in the wrestling industry.
• How WWE adjusts its developmental strategy in response to high-profile departures.

What do you think led to Damon Kemp’s departure from WWE, and where do you see his career heading next? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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