The WWE releases in 2023 could be set to follow on from the horror show that was 2022 and 2021. Over the past two years, WWE have fired an extraordinary number of talents, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
In 2021, over 100 wrestlers were given the chop in a troubled year for all, due to the pandemic.
Top stars like Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt all saw their contracts expire and left the company in an incredibly surprising turn of events, even though some like Wyatt have since returned to the WWE.
2022 was just as bad. Over 60 stars were released from the WWE, with one man in particular being the biggest shock.
While some were unlikely members of the roster to be cut, like William Regal or the entirety of the NXT UK brand, the retirement of Vince McMahon from his position as head of the WWE sent shockwaves across the wrestling world and brought on the biggest change since AEW launched in 2019.
While the future is unclear with Triple H is unclear, it is likely more releases will follow in 2023.
This page will detail the WWE releases of 2023 and will be continually updated up until the end of the year. Let us know in the comments which release you are most upset about and who WWE made a mistake about by firing them this year.
WWE Releases 2023
Matt Riddle – September 22nd, 2023
Matt Riddle announced his WWE release on Twitter on September 23rd, 2023.
In the statement, Matt Riddle said, “Just wanted to inform everyone that I’m no longer with WWE. Thank you for the memories and opportunities also thank you to all the fans for the support and love you give me every time I go out to the ring. See you all soon”
Multiple – September 21st, 2023
On Twitter, Mustafa Ali revealed he had been released by the WWE on September 21st, 2023. This was likely due to cost-cutting due to the WWE’s merger with the UFC.
WWE released a number of further WWE superstars on September 21st, 2023, including former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin and Rick Boogz.
The following WWE superstars were released by the WWE on September 21st, 2023:
- Mustafa Ali
- Rick Boogs
- Elias / Ezekiel
- Riddick Moss
- Top Dolla
- Shelton Benjamin
- Dolph Ziggler
Lacey Evans – August 15th, 2023
Lacey Evans announced her release from the WWE on August 15th, 2023.
She changed her Instagram bio to say FKA (formerly known as) WWE Superstar Lacey Evans, indicating her release from the WWE.
Roderick Strong – April 26th, 2023
In a shocking turn of events, Roderick Strong was released by the WWE at some point prior to April 26th, 2023.
The former Undisputed Era member made his debut in AEW on that date, although he was still an active member of the WWE roster, according to WWE.com, the day after his debut.
Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) – April 3rd, 2023)
WWE has granted the release of Zack Gibson and James Drake from their WWE contracts.
The English duo signed for the company as part of NXT UK, becoming NXT UK tag team champions under the name Grizzled Young Veterans.
However, they requested their WWE releases on April 3rd, 2023 and were granted the same day.
In 2021 the duo were called up to NXT in the United States, with Shawn Michaels completely changing their gimmick.
They joined up with the team called The Schism, and had their name changed to Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid.
Bill Goldberg – March 20, 2023
It was announced by Fightful Select that former WCW and Universal Champion Bill Goldberg was released by WWE on March 20th, 2023.
The WWE Hall of Fame superstar’s contract expired on this date and was not renewed by the company. Goldberg’s last match in the WWE was a loss to Roman Reigns in Saudi Arabia.
Sarray – March 9,2023
On the 9th of Match 2023, Sarray announced her departure from the WWE.
She is set to return to wrestle in Japan.
Sasha Banks & Naomi – January 1, 2023
The first WWE releases of 2023 were former Women’s tag team champions Sasha Banks and Naomi. The duo walked out of Monday Night Raw, whilst Champions in May 2022 but did not have their contracts terminated until the first of the year, according to Fightful.
We will keep updating this page once more WWE releases for 2023 have been announced.
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After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
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