10 Controversial WWE Releases

Including backstage disputes, allegations of racism and a brawl at 30,000 feet.


Figuratively speaking, the revolving door at WWE headquarters gets its fair share of usage. So much so, in fact, that in 2016, Wikipedia revealed that its List of WWE Personnel article was the second most-edited page in the site’s history.

Granted, that page does cover the comings and goings of more than just the wrestlers we see on TV, including producers, referees, executives and more. But even so, a number of those edits will have specifically been a result of the company’s frequent releases of in-ring talent.

In the last month alone, we’ve seen four names released at various points in time. Names like the former Tag Team Champion Darren Young, James Ellsworth, Summer Rae and perhaps most notably Emma—who was coming off the back of a pay-per-view match with Asuka just a few days prior to her departure.

And while there wasn’t necessarily a huge amount of controversy surrounding any of those exits, that hasn’t always been the case.

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of releases come under questionable circumstances, from incidents that were totally blown out of proportion to scandals that were rather inexcusable. Here, we look back at some such examples with ten of the more controversial releases in WWE history.

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