According to WWE.com, several “superstars” have been released form the company today. Here is the complete list of individuals who have found themselves on the wrong side of the pink slip…
Marc Harris (referee)
What do Mitch and Al think of these unfortunate releases? We’ll break down all of the individuals and reveal if we think WWE made a smart move.
Mitch: This guy has been around the block for a while. I just saw footage the other day of when he managed Mean Marc (Mark Calloway before he was the Undertaker) in the early WCW days. He’s spent a lot of time as a ref and had some stints on WWE programming in the GM role. It’s a shame to think that the WWE couldn’t find some position for Teddy as he surely brought a ton of wrestling expertise to the table.
Al: This one hurts me the most. Like Mitch said, Long has been around a while. I enjoyed him the most when he was Rodney Mack’s manager about 10 years ago. He was a great manager and a great mouthpiece. He will be missed.
Mitch: Wasn’t watching when this guy was ever on screen. I think he was an NXT guy. So I won’t miss him.
Al: I hate to admit it but I know nothing about this guy so I’ll just fill this up with a catchy rap lyric by MC Hammer:
Sweat running all over my chest
I don’t quit, no!
I just press harder
Than I ever did before, going for
The dreams that I have in store
In my mind and I know
That I’m makin’ it, I gotta
Get mine and nobody’s takin’ it away
Mitch: I HATED the Tons of Funk gimmick he did with the former Prince Albert. Way worse than 3MB. It was stupid. Also, his wrestling gear made him look like an idiot. He looked like a cartoon dinosaur. That being said, I actually liked Brodus Clay when he was just being himself. Whenever he would speak on documentaries and such on the WWE Network, he seemed really likable. It’s a shame that his former partner hailing from Planet Funk is transitioning to the broadcast side of things and he’s left out in the cold. I think that not having him as a commentator might end up being a missed opportunity for the WWE.
Al: Poor Brodus. Looks like somebody called his mama and told him he’s unemployed! He never impressed me. Big guy and I’m sure he could’ve been a lot more successful had he been given a better character but hey, let’s not beat a dead horse. Big Brodus will always be remembered for his unique style and his awesome dancing skills with A-Train. Hey, maybe dancing with the former WWE “superstars” would be a good idea for a new show!
Mitch: He used to wrestle in the indies as Matt Sydal and I vaguely remember him from when I used to watch Ring of Honor regularly. He’s a talented wrestler and the WWE is missing out for not finding him a spot on their roster. Expect to see this guy in TNA, back in ROH, or maybe he’ll join Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion next year. He’s not done wrestling.
Al: This guy could’ve been a lot more than what he was with WWE. He enjoyed some success with Kofi Kingston as a tag team called “Air Boom” but never much success at a solo career. He had some bad luck for sure . In November 2011, he violated the company’s wellness policy and in March of 2012 he was involved in a car accident where he broke his foot in four places. Good luck in the future, Evan!
Mitch: I did not know about the drug use or the car crash. That’s what Al’s here for, folks. He brings the knowledge. And the Hammer lyrics.
Mitch: I’ve only seen tiny bits of this guys work. He seems like he’s got potential, but that’s all I can say. His look was a little underwhelming for me.
Al: Not much to say here for me considering the fact I don’t know the guy’s work at all. I never got to see him in action and if I did, I must have forgotten . Sorry, y’all. Mitch, post a picture below this of Buff Bagwell. That’ll make everything okay.
Mitch: Don’t worry, Al. I’ve got you covered on the Buff Bagwell pic. Please, nobody Google what kind of work Mr. Bagwell does these days.
Mitch: Another guy I’ve never seen before. Was he any good? After these releases were announced, Mark Henry went to Twitter to say something about how he’s been in the company 18 years and he’s still here. Hawkins responded by saying it was insensitive or something. I think he called Mark Henry an idiot as well. Curt Hawkins shouldn’t take it personally, that’s just what Mark Henry do(es).
Al: I sort of remember this guy but then again, not really.
Mitch: This girl was just on Raw on Monday. Alicia Fox dumped popcorn on her after losing a match and freaking out like the crazy person she’s been lately. They could’ve at least given her a happy last moment on TV.
Al: I liked this girl. They should’ve kept her. I definitely think she could’ve seen some success if they would’ve gave her more of a chance.
Mitch: 2/3 of 3MB got the axe today. Good riddance to the terrible gimmick, but sorry to the real guys who lost their jobs. But seriously, the Three Man Band gimmick has been one of the worst booked groups in history. I don’t recall any of the guys ever winning a match since I restarted watching wrestling in early 2013.
Al: Well, Jinder, you knew it was coming. I mean, you were in 3MB. I’m sure these guys knew their roles in the company. Go out and get a few laughs then get beat. I’m sure Heath Slater is wiping the sweat off his brow today. I wish Jinder the best of luck. Look for TNA to pick up this guy.
Mitch: The other member of 3MB to be jobless. Out of the three guys in this group, I like that they kept Heath Slater. I don’t have any real reason to like the guy other than he’s from West Virginia, where both Mitch and Al were born and raised. Surely the WWE can repackage Slater in a way that’s even slightly more meaningful than what he’s been doing, right?
Al: I agree with what Mitch said. Hopefully this will give Heath Slater a chance to develop some sort of a character but it’s a shame his success will be at the expense of two unemployed wrestlers . Good luck to you too, Drew. I hear BCW is hiring! That’s a local wrestling company in Barboursville that I happen to participate in. Hey, no use in sitting on the sidelines when you can be in the game, right?!!!
Marc Harris (referee)
Mitch: I read somewhere that he’s currently the only black referee in WWE. Well, he WAS the only black referee in the WWE. Controversy?
Al: Just another unemployed referee. Sorry, Marc. Wonder what referees get paid in the WWE? Hmmm…
Mitch: I’ve never seen this guy wrestle, but he was rumored to have gotten heat from management a while back after complaining about what he believed to be a sub-par Wrestlemania payout. That’s literally the only thing I know about the guy.
Al: Never caught much of this guy.
Final Thoughts by Al:
Good luck to all the released Superstars. No one wants to lose their job, right? Til next time guys!