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Old 10-29-2017, 01:44 PM
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The annual WWE cleaning of 2017 has officially begun as Emma, Darren Young and Summer Rae have been released from the company.

Emma: I'm not surprised at all. In fact, if there was anyone I thought needed to leave, it was her. This was a career doomed to fail in WWE after exposing herself to be injury prone; as talented and charismatic as she is, if you cannot keep yourself off the injury list; you're done. Maybe in another world, she could have been a women's champion; but the deed is done.

Darren Young: He seemed like a cool guy and from what I remember he was solid in the ring, but as an entertainer; he was pretty generic. Nonetheless, he had a pretty decent run in WWE and having a tag team title run is nothing to sneeze at. I'm sure he'll do ok in whatever promotion he ends up in.

Summer Rae: When the only things you remember of her come from the early days of NXT and being Fandango's girlfriend, you know you didn't do much. It's a shame as she was good on the mic, and was about as natural a heel as you can get. I'd say she winds up in TNA or Lucha Underground (y'know, if they come back) at some point next year or maybe heads to Hollywood.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:54 PM
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I am kind of surprised by Emma being let go. They just gave her new theme music. That's not something you usually do for a talent if you're just going to turn around and release them. I liked Emma and thought she could have been used better. Paige is set to come back anytime now so maybe that was a factor in this decision.
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This news saddens me. Well, two of the three anyway.

WWE just lost one of the best females they had. Emma had everything needed to be a good heel champion. It is awful that she never quite got the opportunity she deserved. I had been hoping she could get moved to Smackdown. She would have been better off there. The new entrance music sucked, there was no need to change her awesome old theme. That aside, I am not just sad to hear about this but I found it to be really unexpected too. She seemed to be in the middle of a big push with the whole "I started the Women's Revolution" thing. Maybe she got fed up with the lack of true opportunities and asked for the release herself. She was great. Her match with Paige at NXT Arrival and her run as a heel with Dana as her enforcer will not be forgotten. Emma will be missed!

As sad as I am to see Emma go, I might be even sadder to see Summer get released. She might not have been as good as the Four Horsewomen, Mickie, Emma, or Alexa.... but she's certainly better than others who had been pushed recently. Why Summer never got a chance is beyond me. She was good on the mic and in the ring on top of being very attractive. Much like Emma, she had everything you could need from someone to push to the top. Perhaps it was due to The Horsewomen and Alexa overshadowing her. Other than being Fandango's dance partner and being part of that awful Rusev/Dolph love triangle storyline, Summer never got any moments that stand out. Truly awful. I hope she finds better opportunities elsewhere. I wish both Summer and Emma the best of luck in what they do next from here.

And then there's Darren Young. I won't go as far as to say "good riddance" but I won't miss the guy one bit. There was nothing he brought to the table that made me want to see his matches. Sure, he was in the original Nexus. Most of the other members were better than him. Oh, but he was in the Prime Time Players. Most of that group's success can be attributed to Titus who is doing well in his role as a "coach" for Apollo and Titus Worldwide. Then we had that whole "Make Darren Young great again!" thing. All that did was make me realize how much I missed Bob Backlund. So long, Darren.
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Darren Young was the only one who did anything relevant, so I'll miss him the most. To be openly gay and not become a complete joke in pro wrestling is a feat onto itself. Picking up tag team gold in the age of The New Day is pretty special too, as there's quite a list out there of great teams who didn't. Shame writers had nothing for him, because he wasn't that horrible a hand to have.

Emma leaves a bit of a hole in the women's division and that's not good. Someone with talent will have to either job a bit or a lackluster superstar is getting more screentime. Either way, it will not be fun.

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I bet Emma regrets stealing that iPhone case. She was doomed after that.

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I'm a little surprised they released Emma. I'm assuming that this was in the works for a while and, if so, then I think it would've made more sense to just have Asuka decimate her during their matches instead of making them competitive. Or, did she ask for her release after finding out that her losses to Asuka weren't leading to her moving up the ranks or to anything relevant? It's a shame as she brought a good deal to the table but, as Jake pointed out, it looks like the iPhone case bit is something that just wouldn't go away. I'm sure there'll be denials on both sides that had anything to do with it, which is possible I suppose, but I don't think it's something I'd believe.

Darren Young has spent more time injured than he has competing as a wrestler, so him being gay hasn't made him of use to Vince and his public works scams. Young also had little to no real personality that I ever saw so hopefully he was smart and banked as much as he could because he's not gonna get much out on the indie scene. Cody Rhodes might've been a mid-card and tag team star but he had a career worth bragging about in WWE, so he can command more.

I'd say that Summer Rae is done with wrestling altogether. She's been out over a year with, what was it? Major back issues? At any rate, this is no big loss as she and Young were both dead weight.
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Summer Rae and Emma getting released is a damn shame. Emma was always good, she even made stuff that was seemingly tailor-made for cringe work, whether that was her idea or the company's. And Summer, I'll agree with her being natural as a heel, but she also had some potential as a babyface from the few matches I've seen her work in that role. In the mic she was good, in the ring she could hold her own, and I'll always associate her with the early era of Triple H's NXT.

Darren Young was a slight shock, I never expected them to release their first openly gay wrestler. As part of the original Prime Time Players with A.W. as their manager, the whole act was gold, everything seemed to click. But it's just been all downhill for him ever since, no matter how much they tried to experiment with him. As others mentioned his ring work was solid, he had great work ethic(the whole no-days-off attitude) but at the end of the day, and I hate to say this, he just didn't have the talent to stand out. It's sad but it took me a good minute to even remember he was a part of the Nexus, I guess that's not a bad legacy to have, it's better than "Black John Cena" or "That one gay wrestler."

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There's more to come no doubt... Bear in mind WWE just did a big tryout and they're gonna want to sign the Chinese boxer Dong if they can at minimum... that'll cost as he can make money in the boxing ring.

Emma/Summer Rae - let's face it, she was going nowhere and with Ronda and her Horsewomen coming in, if they're not gonna use her...then freeing up her and Summer Rae's salaries is a necessary move. Nia may still get her wish yet but the one I see happening which would be a dick move by WWE...Dana Brooke, her boyfriend died but I can see Vince wanting her back or letting her go... On a side note, Lio Rush put his foot in it mocking Emma's release... he will be cut, Trips won't like it and it'll send a message... especially as there has been some other Twitter unpleasentness in recent weeks. Harsh perhaps, but people gotta learn.

Darren Young - The "he's gay" card played long enough...harsh but true, he's probably stayed under contract 2-3 years longer than he would have done before that and not really done anything in that time...

Who else is gonna go?

Neville will probably be officially released... if they want to play hardball, it's not gonna do them any good and may put talents off signing... best to let him go.

R-Truth seems a good bet to be released, he's really run his course now... could also see Mark Henry be released.

Of the lower tier, The Ascension seem most likely to be cut... possibly along with Tyler Breeze AND Fandango... Emma proves that just cos you have something going, doesn't mean you're not surplus to requirements and those skits alone aren't worth those 4 contracts.

I can see Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley also on the bubble, although the Gronk thing will probably save Rawley, especially if they want to try and get him in a match for Mania. The Hype Bros have lost their hype and Zack has been "robbing a living" for too long...

Can see a good number of the 205 guys going, along with the UK talents they have... They may keep Pete Dunne and the belt, and possibly Tyler Bate... but the others will get cut and I can see Dunne dropping the UK title to someone on the main roster before long. If they can keep Neville, it'd be a good angle for him, let him defend that belt out on the indies for a few months. On 205, they seem to be retooling with bigger names from the main roster... so Noam Dar, Tony Nese and Rich Swann could all be on the outs.

No one is gonna be safe... I get a nasty feeling that we're gonna see the end of the Rotunda boys out of this... I can see them cutting Bo AND JoJo... and that leading to Bray requesting his release. While people get sick, that those guys were the ones to get it is sods law... Vince will hold it against them as it cost him both the Shield reunion AND them having to use Kurt. Curtis Axel is another guy who is right on the bubble... The Miztourage has kind of run its course/been wasted due to the aborted Shield match... I can see them putting Miz with somebody much bigger than him as a bodyguard rather than using Bo and Axel going forward.

The biggest name? I think we're gonna see Dolph Ziggler go in this cull... either cos he asked or again, it's a salary they can get off the books that won't make drastic loss to the show - with the kind of money Ronda is gonna need to sign, his $4-500k will be a big chunk.
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they've been trying to find a way to release EMMA ever since they were forced to re-hired her a few years back because the whole i phone case stealing business. Now they figured that enough time as pass since that incident that they could actually release her without getting any backlash surrounding it.

I think it's a shame that she got release because out of the three, she had the most upside and was actually getting somewhat of a push for the first time in her WWE career. So i'm pretty sure that wherever she goes next, she will be fine compare to the other 2.

So now the question is who's next to go. I wouldn't be surprise that at some point they will announce Neville as officially been release, maybe Dana brooke also since she hasn't been on tv for a while now. Also i don't know if Lio Rush as officially sign a NXT contract with the company but after the little stunt he pull today on Twitter and the backlash it got from a lot of WWE performers, i wouldn't be surprise if they cut him because of it.
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I would think the cuts would come from the Women's side with the 4 horsewomen, 2018 return of the Bellas and talent from the Mae Young tournament. They could roll 205 Live back to Raw and create a women's show if they wanted to.


Lot's of underused guys on both Raw and SD Live. There seems to be an abundance of 220 lb guys and a shortage of guys > 260lbs.
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