Update on WWE's New Attitude to Roster Cuts

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 3, 2013

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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While WrestleMania season may be upon us, it looks like the company's annual "Spring Cleaning" tradition (in which they release under-used, going-nowhere talent from the roster to make way for newer stars) may not be taking place this year. 

In this week's (subscribers-only) F4W Newsletter, Bryan Alvarez notes that the company be refraining from cutting wrestlers in large groups in 2013. 

The belief by some in WWE is that the days of bulk cuts around WrestleMania may be over. Based on the number of hours of programming and the thin talent roster, while there will obviously be cuts in the future, they probably won't all be bundled together as has been the case in the past.

Alvarez is correct to note that WWE simply have too much programming to make any drastic cuts. Indeed, in the last few months they've added an extra hour to Raw, introduced a kid's show, Saturday Morning Slam, on the CW network and developed Main Event for Ion.

And all that's not even factoring in the much-talked about WWE Network, which will likely include even more new first-run wrestling content.


No wonder the company feels like they need all hands on deck in the upcoming year.       

Additionally, this news will no doubt send waves of relief throughout the company's mid and lower card.

Hey, while WWE may not be the dream job it was cracked up to be for many of these guys (lower card wrestlers are regularly marginalized by the booking team on television and pay-per-view and often struggle to break through and get over), it's still a decent-paying job in a difficult, troubled economy.

The struggling state of the indie scene and the failure of main competitor TNA to light the world on fire likely doesn't help matters. In a stagnant wrestling industry, many performers don't have too many options.