– NXT’s MJ Jenkins confirmed that she’s been released by WWE: “Covid-19 has been devastating for me & my family. My brother in law; who was my legal guardian passed away to Covid-19. Today, Covid-19 stripped me of my dream job. Feels like life is being sucked from me. Thank you to everyone that has reached out. Be safe and stay strong”
Jenkins signed with WWE in 2018 and took part in that year’s Mae Young Classic.
– Josiah Williams, an on-air digital talent based out of the Performance Center who has made appearances on NXT, tweeted: “My microphone is currently wide open! Now accepting voiceover opportunities, features for Christian Hip-Hop / clean music, interviews and more! Click the link below for more information. #StayPositive. jdeanwilliams.com/booking”
Williams then noted that his situation with WWE is up in the air: “Thanks for the love, you guys! Like many other employees, my situation is up in the air. I’m hoping to be back soon. Until then, I’ll be working hard, supporting my family and sharing love with the entire world. It’s gonna be okay.”
– Dave Meltzer has confirmed that Dorian Mak (Dan Matha) has been released. Mak previously teamed with Riddick Moss as The Outliers, with them being managed by Robert Stone.
– Nick Ogarelli (Nick Comoroto) tweeted that he was released this week: “It took a few days to post this but despite what happened I can still say I’m very thankful. This past year with the WWE has been a great time. I’d like to thank the coaches at the performance center for all the experience, knowledge and outlook I’ve gained and will continue to use throughout my career. I’d like to not say this as a goodbye as much as a see you later. Stay strong and stay safe world.”
Ogarelli is a graduate of the Monster Factory wrestling school. He signed with WWE in February 2019 and has been wrestling on NXT house shows.
– PWInsider reported that Taynara Conti, Cezar Bononi, and Mars Wang have been released by WWE. FIghtful also reported that Tino Sabbatelli has been released.
– Kassius Ohno has been confirmed as part of WWE’s layoffs/furloughs.
– Meltzer has confirmed that Rocky (Yifeng), Marcos Gomes, Edgar Lopez, Faisal Kurdi, Hussain Aldagal, and Mohamed Abdelfattah (Mohamed Fahim) have been released. Kurdi was released two months ago, but his name just came out this past week.
The first NXT wrestlers who were released as part of WWE’s roster cuts have been confirmed.
Deonna Purrazzo posted a tweet announcing that she has been released: “The people closest to me know this is something I’ve been struggling with wanting for the better part of the last year. Happy to say I gave this journey my best and MORE excited for the future!”
Aleksandar Jaksic also tweeted goodbye to NXT: “Sometimes Life Does Not Seem Real. & No Matter How Hard You Work, It Sometimes Is Not Enough. MY WWE FAMILY ‘Until one of our lights is forever extinguished, our dance will never end.; GOODBYE, @WWENXT”
Jaksic had wrestled on house shows but never made his televised in-ring debut for NXT. He was trained by Santino Marella at the Battle Arts Academy in Canada, was also coached by Alex Wright, and wrestled as “LX Ken” in Germany before signing with WWE in 2019.
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Unlike the main roster releases, NXT releases aren’t publicly announced by WWE. The releases are part of cost-cutting measures WWE is taking in response to the coronavirus pandemic.