Budget cuts have come thick and fast in WWE over the past two years. While there were several veterans in the company amongst the released stars, several others were unable to make any kind of impact.
Amongst the recent releases were a handful of athletes who were not given the chance to thrive in the business since they were released merely months after signing.
Interestingly, throughout WWE history there have been many superstars who have had famously short careers, with many released before they ever made their debut for the company.
The following list looks at just five recently released WWE Superstars whose careers at the company lasted less than a year.
#5. Former WWE Superstar Eva Marie
Eva Marie was part of WWE for several years from 2013 through to her original release from the company back in 2017. After violating WWE's Wellness Policy in the summer of 2016, Marie was suspended from the company and failed to return before she was released a year later.
The former Total Divas star surprisingly returned to the company earlier this year after a four-year hiatus, but her second stint was much shorter.
Marie made her re-debut on RAW back in June when she was aligned with former NXT UK star Piper Niven. Piper was given the name Doudrop and the two women were then part of a storyline on the red brand for several months. Doudrop and Marie later went their separate ways after an interesting feud with Alexa Bliss, before Marie then became a solo wrestler on RAW.
After Eva Marie was attacked by Shayna Baszler on RAW back in September, the former star was written off TV so that she could start working on a movie project. Whilst on hiatus from the company, Eva was released from WWE alongside more than a dozen fellow wrestlers on November 4th.
Vignettes for Marie began airing in May 2021 before Marie made her debut the following month, this means that Marie's second stint in WWE only lasted around six months.
#4. Former WWE Star Adnan Virk
Only hardcore members of the WWE Universe will remember Adnan Virk. The former ESPN Sportscaster was hired by WWE in order to replace Tom Phillips as the play-by-play commentator on Monday Night RAW.
Phillips was part of WWE's Broadcasting team for more than nine years before he was released from the company earlier this year. Phillips commentated on NXT UK, 205 Live, RAW and SmackDown.
Virk arrived on RAW following WrestleMania 37 in April 2021 but despite his extensive background in sportscasting, his work gained quite a negative response from the WWE Universe.
Just six weeks later, WWE opted to part ways with the star and he was then replaced by former UFC commentator Jimmy Smith, who has since remained in the role.
Adnan later claimed that the schedule with WWE had become too much for him and his family. This means that Virk's career lasted just six weeks from the announcement on April 12th until his departure on May 25th.
Since his release from WWE, Virk has returned to podcasting and has even joined Cameo.
#3. Former WWE Superstar Zayda Ramier
Former NXT Superstar Zayda Ramier was a student from the school of WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
Ramier made her debut as part of the developmental brand in March when she teamed up with Gigi Dolin against Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell in a losing effort. The following month, Ramier picked up the first win of her WWE career when she was able to defeat Toni Storm.
The former star went on to wrestle the likes of Mercedes Martinez and Sarray, picking up several losses en route, before failing to feature on WWE TV after June 1st. NXT was revamped and there were several releases from the company on June 2nd, but despite being retained by the company the star failed to appear for a number of months.
Ramier was one of 18 WWE Superstars who were released from WWE as part of the budget cuts on November 4th. Whilst there were a number of high profile stars on the list, there were also a number of up and coming NXT talents. Zayda's WWE career lasted just eight months.
#2. Former WWE Superstar Trey Baxter
Trey Baxter was seen as a star who could be a potential main event player in WWE, but sadly he wasn't given the time to shine.
Baxter was signed by WWE on February 13th, 2021 after attending a tryout with the company in the fall of 2020. He went on to make his debut for the company a few months later on June 15th when he unsuccessfully answered Kushida's open challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship.
He was later entered into NXT's Breakout Tournament where he was only able to make it to the semi-finals. He was eliminated by Odyssey Jones, who was then beaten by eventual winner Carmelo Hayes.
Throughout his time on NXT Trey was able to work alongside his girlfriend Cora Jade, but this came to an abrupt end when he was released from the company alongside several other stars on November 4th. Cora Jade has remained part of the NXT brand following her partner's departure.
That means Baxter's WWE career lasted around eight months from his signing in February up to his release in November.
#1. Former WWE Superstar Franky Monet
Taya Valkyrie was pushing to sign for WWE for several years after making a name for herself in several promotions including Lucha Underground and IMPACT.
Valkyrie married fellow WWE Superstar John Morrison back in 2018 and later joined him as part of Vince McMahon's company when it was revealed that she had signed on February 14th, 2021.
Under the new ring name of Franky Monet, Valkyrie made her debut as part of the NXT brand on April 13th and later went on to defeat Cora Jade as part of her first match for the company.
Monet seemed to be the subject of a push in NXT when she was able to overcome the likes of Elektra Lopez and Jacy Jayne before stepping into a feud with Raquel Gonzalez surrounding the NXT Women's Championship.
Monet was unsuccessful in her challenge for the title back in September and was then released from WWE less than two months later on November 4th. That means that her entire WWE career lasted less than nine months.