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Where Do We Go From Here: A Look At Recently Released WWE Talent And What’s Next?
June 15, 2020
As of this week, WWE stars who were released in mid-April would be free and clear legally to wrestle and appear anywhere they choose. So what’s next for the former WWE Superstars? Let’s run through the names and see if we can determine what the future holds and where is the next destination for these talented men and women. Let’s do this…
I’m pretty sure that a Legend’s deal for Kurt is waiting at WWE Headquarters. He came back to referee a match between Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle and WWE offered him a new deal as the manager for Riddle when Matt made his move to the main roster. Kurt didn’t feel it was right for him and refused, but I still feel that WWE is his future. Once things clear up, we’ll see Angle as an agent, a trainer, and making appearances. Kurt might have been “fired”, but he’s not going anywhere.
Heath “Slater” Miller
It looks as if Heath will be going to Impact Wrestling to once again team with Rhyno, at least that’s what the strong hints seem to say. Slater will always be welcome back in WWE in the future, but for now, he looks to make an impact and TNA seems to be his destiny.
Rusev is currently dealing with COVID-19 and our prayers go out to the superstar now known as Miro. Once he’s made his recovery, what’s next for the Bulgarian Brute? I keep hearing AEW, but my feeling is that he’d be lost in the shuffle right now. I think he’ll accept Indy bookings and keep his options open for the foreseeable future. Lana is still bringing in that good WWE money so there’s no rush and Miro can pick and choose a little bit more than most of the other former WWE talents. So look for Miro at an Indy show near you. On Miro Day of course.
Matt Cardona aka Zack Ryder
Matt is going to AEW at some point to challenge Cody and get that TNT Championship. Woo Woo Woo – you know it!
Impact Wrestling is where Eric belongs and where he’s had the most opportunities to shine. WWE didn’t get him or his character and while he’d be a strong addition for any roster, I think the best option for Young would be to go back home again and that is TNA/Impact Wrestling.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Impact Wrestling is where they’re hinting at and that would be probably their best option right now with the occasional trip to Japan to remind the people at NJPW what The Club was all about.
Hawkins has a wrestling school to run and a ton of sticks in the fire and I don’t think he’ll be rushing to sign any new deals with any major companies anytime soon. Indy bookings, the podcasts & YouTube shows with Ryder, and the school. That’s enough to keep any man busy.
He says he’s retired from wrestling and going to pursue his music career and be a rap star. He has said a lot of things, but to tell the truth, I don’t care. Rush is a great talker, a damn good wrestler, and an entitled jerk in my opinion. If he never wrestles again, I could care less. Bye Felica!
Who says you can’t go home again? EC3 has teased AEW, ROH, and Impact Wrestling. I think when the smoke and speculation clears, it will be Impact Wrestling welcoming back the “nephew” of former owner Dixie Carter. And things in Impact Wrestling will never be the same again.
He’s already back with the WWE and a regularly featured talent at NXT. Good for him.
Something in my gut tells me that wherever Miro (Rusev) ends up, English won’t be far behind. He’s a good in-ring talent, but as he proved with 205Live, he’s even better at the announce table. So when Miro makes his debut with a big company, after a few more months doing Indy work, expect English to be his “announcer” and sing him to the ring for “Miro Day”. And then how about ROH as a wrestler/announcer, taking over the role that was once held by Colt Cabana until he left ROH for AEW. Works for me.
Maria Kanellis & Mike Kanellis
For this power-couple, I think the future lies in the past and a return to ROH would be the best option.
Rowan himself has said that he and former partner Brodie Lee need to stay away from each other for a while, but I don’t think that will happen. I think that AEW and a job as the personal hitman of the Dark Order is what the future holds. They’re a great tag team and I’d love to see what they and FTR can do together without the restraints of the WWE booking. AEW is where Rowan will show up next.
Epico & Primo
The WWC and the golden shores of Puerto Rico are where these men have been wrestling and where they’ll continue to shine and flourish. WWE didn’t know how to use them correctly and they’ve been back home working the family business for a while now already.
As announced a few days ago, Sarah is taking time off to be a mom. Congratulations to her.
No Way Jose
A life of Independent wrestling shows, personal appearances, and an eventual cameo in Impact Wrestling that no one will even notice or care about.
Referee Mike Cioda
Cioda will probably end up at Impact or AEW. AEW needs some good referees that can actually enforce the rules on a consistent basis and Cioda would be a great person to use to help in that role.
Joe Hennig, aka Curtis Axel
I would love to see Hennig pop up in AEW and be the bad-ass top guy we all know he can be, but I actually doubt that will happen. I think he’ll eventually turn up back at WWE as a trainer and as an agent when the smoke settles and things get back to normal. If he does sign with a top company, I think Impact Wrestling will be his best chance to work as a top guy and make a better-than-perfect impact in the world of pro wrestling once more.
So those are my thoughts for where these former WWE talents may end up next. What do you feel the future holds for these men and women? What is the next step? Let me know in the comment section below or at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com. Or do the Twitter thing and come see me at @Doug28352. Follow me. I follow back.
And with that, it’s time to wrap this sucker up and call it a day. Actually, it’s time to go to work. A day of selling fine spirits and getting Scotland County, NC all liquored up awaits. Have a great one and take care of yourself. Don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling shows and wrestlers. Stay safe in all the craziness going on and be safe. I’ll see you at the matches.