In today’s Rasslin Roundup, John Cena reportedly has backstage heat on him in WWE after recent apology, WWE have made multiple more releases, Kofi Kingston has given his thoughts on Jim Ross calling Randy Orton ‘The best wrestler in the world today, Sammy Guevara has commented on his past comments about Sasha Banks, and Chris Jericho has revealed bounty was set on him while in Abu Dhabi.
5. WWE Releases More Backstage Employees & ‘Merges’ Media Departments
Over the past month WWE have released a long list of in ring talent from the promotion, including big names such as Samoa Joe, The IIconics and Andrade, just to make a few. Over the past week, WWE made several NXT releases including Velveteen Dream, Brandi Lauren and Drake Wuertz. However unfortunately these cuts have now spread to behind the scenes employees in the company as well.
According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, WWE have made the decision to merge the Advanced Media Group and TV Departments including social media and WWE.com
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson has added to this revealing that the Senior Vice President of Production, Brian Pellegato, and Executive Vice President of Advanced Media Group, Jaylar Donlan, were among the names released from the company.
Johnson also reported that the divisions which have been folded together will be overseen by the Executive Vice President Of Television Productions, Kevin Dunn, who historically hasn’t had the best of relationships with talent in the company, including some higher up figures.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Allison of Wrestling Republic can also confirm that there had been a feeling of major stress among employees of the graphic design departments in WWE over the past couple of years due to the high workload they were given, so the fact some have now been released and the departments have been merged is extremely worrying considering there was concern the workload was too much before the cuts.
Former WWE on screen host Cathy Kelly, took to Twitter following the releases to show her displeasure with the releases, and claiming the people released didn’t get nearly enough credit for what they did.
my brain can’t comprehend and my heart is fucking breaking for all my friends. along with being great humans, everyone behind the scenes at wwe digital worked their asses off to build a huge money making brand and don’t get near the credit they deserve— Cathy Kelley (@catherinekelley) May 25, 2021