WWE's annual budget cuts took place last week and saw the release of several main roster talent. Some of the most surprising names included Samoa Joe, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay. There were eight other stars on the list, including: Kalisto, Mojo Rawley, Tucker, and Mickie James.
This talent cut happened on exactly the same day as last year's COVID-19 related cuts but saw fewer superstars handed their release.
Many WWE stars who were brought back in recent years have been released again, leaving them with the rare distinction of having been released by WWE more than once.
The following list looks at just five former WWE Superstars who have been fired by WWE on more than one occasion.
#5. Former Six-time WWE Women's Champion Mickie James
Mickie James was released from WWE alongside several other superstars this past week, which means that she now joins a list of former WWE talent who have been fired twice.
James made her WWE debut in 2005 and immediately stepped into a feud with Trish Stratus. The feud culminated at WrestleMania 22 where James was able to win the WWE Women's Championship.
Trish Stratus went on to retire later that year and James went on to become one of the faces of the Women's Division. Sadly, after becoming a six-time Women's Champion, the Virginia native fell out of favor with WWE and was later released by the company on April 22nd, 2010.
James' release was a result of budget cuts. She was released alongside the likes of Shelton Benjamin, Katie Lea Burchill, and Jimmy Wang Yang.
The veteran later went on to wrestle for IMPACT before returning to WWE to take on Asuka at NXT Takeover: Toronto in 2016. James signed a new contract with WWE in 2017 and continued on to the main roster.
There were rumors that the former WWE Women's Champion's contract expired last year since James hasn't wrestled regularly on WWE TV throughout 2020 and her last WWE match came back at the Royal Rumble in January.