WWE: Black Friday Roster Cuts Made Today
Just like any other business, WWE has decided it is time to cut off some of their roster talents. Periodically throughout the day, news has surfaced of various releases, either via Twitter or other outlets.
WWE NXT wrestler Briley Pierce took to Twitter and indicated he was released. He posted:
I guarantee that was the funniest and most entertaining "You're released." phone call in WWE history. Bye everybody."
Pierce is also known as Ryan Nemeth and is the younger brother to current World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler. Dolph took to Twitter and commented on the release as well with this post:
"Countless WWE peeps personally told me how hard (Briley) worked and how he was the most entertaining guy in NXT. #WierdBiz"
Derrick Bateman was next to indicate he was released by WWE, also via Twitter. He posted:
"Welp, see ya later @wwe @wweuniverse #itsfine."
Bateman also announced that he is accepting independent bookings via his Twitter account also. Bateman was featured on NXT in season four and in Redemption, but beyond that never got much of a push.
Tensai's "worshipper", Sakemoto, was also apparently released today. He posted to Twitter with:
"My friend, thank you for everything, sayonara."
Sakemoto was best remembered for taking beatdowns from Tensai after Tensai would lose matches. He was moved down to developmental after being with Tensai's return gimmick for about 2-3 months.
Finally, it was made known that three more NXT performers were also released. Percy Watson (a.k.a Nick McNeil), Anya (a.k.a Anna Bogomazova), and Brandon Traven (a.k.a Brian Lewis) were all released.
Watson was probably most known for the second season of the NXT television program. MVP was his "pro". Traven actually trained with Harley Race. Anya was born in Russia, and has had previous work as a kickboxer and martial artist.