WWE's talent roster is in a constant state of flux, and while the company currently have over 200 individual performers on their books, their acquisition efforts never sleep. There are only a certain amount of spots available, however, and when a group of new wrestlers join the company, others inevitably have to make way.
The promotion purged dozens of competitors in 2016, and this year's spree of releases has already begun with the likes of Simon Gotch and Jack Swagger. There'll be countless others before the end of the year, but while the bulk of WWE's roster cuts seem logical at the time, Vince McMahon doesn't always get it right - and countless WWE castoffs have gone on to prove that the decision to part ways was a huge error on the company's behalf.
WWE isn't always the promised land it's made out to be, as proven by the names herein. While a number returned to WWE later in their careers, each of their releases coincided with a big upturn for the performer themselves, their new employers, or in some cases, both...
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