One Year Later
A year ago was one of the darkest days in recent wrestling history when the WWE would release a number of wrestlers and agents right at the height of the pandemic troubling the world at the time. The highlights of the releases last year was Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Zack Ryder, and Curt Hawkins. This time around instead of just breaking down those who have been let go I will be picking two names that shocked me the most that they were on the list. I said it last year and will again that even though this is a tough thing to see as a positive, but this will allow those terminated talents to have a chance to get a fresh start else where.
Samoa Joe: For the last few months Samoa Joe has been the highlight of color commentary on Raw and was shockingly pretty well in the commentary position. Joe has been on the shelf recently due to concussion issues and hasn't been able to return the ring for that reason. Honestly, if Joe can be cleared to return the ring he will be a big asset to whichever company he eventually choses to call home. I would love to see him head back to either Ring of Honor or Impact Wrestling, partially to help two promotions that don't get much love and the other reason is that not everyone needs to go to AEW. Reality is though Joe will be an asset wherever he does end up when he is able to sign somewhere.
IIconics: Billie & Peyton would win the Women's Tag titles from Bayley and Sasha Banks at Wrestlemania 35 since then their stocks in the company have fallen. Within the last year the former IIconics tandem split up due to the draft with one going to Smackdown and the other over to Raw. It is puzzling why they thought breaking up the team was a good idea especially considering they have a women's tag team division. Neither Royce or Kay achieved much after the split with Royce getting a title shot against Asuka and Kay just really being a floater on Smackdown. Much like their fellow division member Mickie James, I don't see it being to difficult for these three ladies to catch on elsewhere and get a deserved fresh start.
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