This is the official statement from WWE.com:
WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Divas Mickie James and Katie Lea Burchill as well as Superstars Shelton Benjamin, Kung Fu Naki, Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang as of today, April 22, 2010. We wish them the best in all future endeavors.
Some of these are understandable, but others are very questionable.
The release of Mickie James is a very questionable one. Mickie James is quite the talent to have around. Possibly one of the greatest divas to ever step foot in the ring has been let go when she still has a lot of talent left in her. I would not have made this move myself. Look for Mickie James to possibly end up in the TNA Knockouts Division, soon enough.
Despite that, the release of one, Shelton Benjamin is a bigger story. Benjamin is one of the most gifted superstars out there today when it comes to in ring competition. WWE never really gave Shelton his chance to break out. IWC kept begging and begging for a push for the gifted athlete, but it never happened, despite many times where it seemed possible. Look for Shelton to go to TNA to get the World Title he never received in WWE.
The release of Katie Lea Burchill was not a good one on their part either. Katie is a tremendous wrestler that should have been pushed to the main event long ago by the WWE. She has plenty of talent in the ring and isn’t the most horrific diva around either. Katie’s potential was never fully realized in WWE, look for that to change when she makes her way over to the Knockouts Division.
The releases of Kung Fu Naki, Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang are not too surprising. Those guys aren’t really doing much these days besides jobbing and occasioanally appearing on tv for a good 5 min. Look for those three to go down to the Indy scene.
The release that will draw the most heat is definitely Benjamin’s, in my mind. However, I believe this is a blessing in disguise for Benjamin because I believe TNA will not make the same mistakes with talent the likes of him. Then again, it’s TNA, you never know.
Are more releases to come? And how about Curt Hawkins? He’s been on that SmackDown page for ages now and hasn’t appeared on TV since what? 2008?
Interesting news here, can’t wait to see the outcomes of these releases.
Mike Knox has been added to the list of released superstars by the WWE today. Here’s the official statement:
WWE has come to terms on the release of Mike Knox as of today, April 22, 2010. We wish him the best in all future endeavors.
Knox was a man who many considered to be the future of big men in the ring. His in ring abilities weren’t at all too bad so he can join Mickie, Shelton and Katie on the list of bad moves by the WWE today. Look for Mike Knox to appear in the Indy scene in due time.
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