The WWE begins releasing a number of superstars each year as they do their annual “spring cleaning" before Wrestlemania season kicks into high gear. It appears as if things have started early in 2019, as on Friday the releases began coming one after the another. Some of the names mentioned as having been released seemed to come out of nowhere. Three big name superstars had been released as of today and quite possible that their could be more are on the way.
Recently WWE Superstar Tye Dillinger hopped on his own personal Twitter account after SmackDown Live and publicly requested his release to the promotion. Ronnie Arniell, stated that he wanted the clear story out there for the general public and would prefer that rumours not to circulate around his WWE exit.
In his tweet, Tye Dillinger said that after nearly six years, that he just wanted to move on from the WWE. He felt that it was the best situation for everyone involved. He thanked the company and the locker room for everything that they have done for him, but said that he wanted to go into a different direction within the business.
No details have been revealed yet in the announcement dictating Dillinger’s actual release, but he was not wished well in his future endeavours as is customary from WWE. Similarly abrupt wording was provided for Big Cass when he was released, too.
WWE was far from done with the releases for the day. Less than a half-hour later, another big departure was revealed. Hideo Itami, whose real name is actually Kenta Kobayashi, was also released by the promotion without mention of well wishes in the future. Itami was a huge signing — and a big part of NXT before moving up to the main roster. He would land in the WWE cruiserweight division.
There have been rumours of his release for months now, but the final word eventually came around on Friday. While nothing is certain, it is likely that he ends up back in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Less than 20 minutes after the announcement of Hideo Itami’s release, another superstar was released.
This time being TJP whose real name is Theodore James Perkins was the very first WWE Cruiserweight Champion way back in 2016. He was a huge part of that division for a long time, but he has since faded into the distance on the current WWE roster.
Social media was buzzing with the idea of TJP and Tye Dillinger heading to All Elite Wrestling with even Cody Rhodes commenting on it on Twitter.
These releases are on top of the news that broke overnight, that news being the confirmation that the WWE was releasing Hall of Famer Arn Anderson.
WWE has done 2019 spring cleaning very early, and it’s not yet known if and when they are done. This sort of thing happens every year, but those are three big names to start out with, and more may be on the way.
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Sources and quotes used from: WWE.com, PWInsider, RingSide News, www.inquisitr.com