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10 of the most shocking WWE releases of the past decade

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There have been a number of shocking releases over the past decade
There have been a number of shocking releases over the past decade

WWE is like a conveyor belt. It means that for every superstar that the company signs, it is implied that there will be a list of superstars who are released.

The last big WWE release haul came back in 2016 with the company stating that budget cuts were the main reason why the releases were made. After all, there were a number of contracted superstars who had been employed by WWE but not used on the roster for a number of months.

Many WWE releases are expected, like JTG's back in 2014 or even Summer Rae's release this past week but sometimes the company fires someone that the WWE Universe was not expecting, these kind of releases are amongst the most shocking and most memorable.


#10 Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre was released by WWE back in 2014
Drew McIntyre was released by WWE back in 2014

Drew McIntyre was seen as the next big thing in WWE for a long time after Vince McMahon was said to be quite impressed by the Scottish star in his early years with the company. On McIntyre's debut, Vince McMahon himself proclaimed the Scottishman to be a future world champion.

Drew didn't live up to his potential and shockingly became a member of 3MB, a group who were seen as jobbers but still adored by the WWE Universe.

It seemed that WWE was starting to build a number of trio's back in 2014 with The Wyatt Family and The Shield making waves at that point. It came as a huge shock back in the summer of 2014 when Drew was released from his WWE contract, many fans were disappointed that the company had decided to release both Jinder Mahal and Drew because it meant that this was the end of 3MB.

After a short stint in both TNA and on the Independent circuit, WWE decided to resign McIntyre and he is currently the reigning NXT Champion

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