Wrestling fans weren’t expecting this today.
WWE announced on Wednesday that it has released Braun Strowman and Aleister Black, two fan favorites. Strowman and Black were among other noteworthy cuts:
WWE has come to terms on the releases of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett.
— WWE (@WWE) June 2, 2021
This is quite a shock. Just a few years ago, WWE had pushed Strowman as the company’s No. 2 behind Roman Reigns. And while Strowman was not fit for that status, WWE kept him protected as an upper-level, sometimes main event performer. At the latest pay-per-view, Strowman competed and lost for the WWE Championship.
Black too was once projected as a focal point of WWE’s future.
Black’s unique character and in-ring work would translate effortlessly to AEW, which I assume will take a look at both Black and Strowman.