KEY POINTS

  • WWE announced a handful of releases on April 15
  • Among those released were Samoa Joe and Mickie James
  • The promotion also released a number of superstars on April 15th of last year

April 15th is slowly becoming a day to fear for a WWE superstar as the date isn’t far removed from WrestleMania, the promotion’s biggest pay-per-view event and considered one of the highest points of the WWE’s calendar year. 

Last year, the biggest professional wrestling company in the world let go of quite a handful of talents on said date, and this year was no different. 

This year, WWE announced that the organization had let go of former champions such as Samoa Joe, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay and Mickie James, as well as Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Mojo Rawley, Bo Dallas and Wesley Blake. 

Samoa Joe--a former NXT Champion and two-time WWE United States Champion--is arguably the biggest name in the bunch but has been largely out of in-ring action since 2019.

While it was hinted that he was working towards an in-ring return, Joe remained a part of the broadcast team before his release in 2021. 

Royce and Kay, meanwhile, had an interesting run back in 2019 but eventually drifted into obscurity. Meanwhile, Mickie James--a former multiple-time WWE Women’s Champion--returned to the company in 2016. 

The Iiconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) The Iiconics as WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Photo: WWE.com

While it’s an unfortunate development for WWE fans of these respective superstars, the past years have shown that there is indeed life after “The E”. 

2020’s casualties included the likes of Rusev, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Eric Young, EC3, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Erick Rowan and Heath Slater.

Today, almost all of these aforementioned superstars are doing pretty well as part of AEW, Impact, Ring of Honor, and other promotions. 

Unfortunately for the 2021 Class of Future Endeavors, they won’t be able to explore their options until July when the 90-day non-compete clause is up.

With the collection of talent that got handed their walking papers this year, it won’t be surprising to see these faces--likely with different names--in other organizations.