WWE announced back on April 15 that it would be releasing more than 30 active wrestlers while furloughing numerous backstage producers, on-air personalities, trainers, referees, announcers and office staff members to combat the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. This week will mark a full 90 days since that announcement, which means the majority of the wrestlers released back then will be free to start competing for other companies. Some have already gotten a head start on their next move, some have stayed quiet and others have even announced their stepping away from the wrestling business to pursue other ventures.
Ahead of the 90-day "No Compete" clause expiring, here's a look at every former WWE wrestler that will become a free agent later this week!
Where do you think each wrestler should go? Let us know down in the comments!
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
On top of hosting their own event, Talk'n Shop A Mania, the pair have reportedly signed with Impact Wrestling and have teased also competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling.prevnext
Rusev, now going by Miro, announced on Sunday that he, unfortunately, tested positive for COVID-19. So regardless of what his next step in the wrestling world may be, it likely won't be announced this week.
I tested positive for COVID-19. Thank you for all the support. I will be okay and Miro Day will continue.https://t.co/Kpyr1LxPuP— Miro (@ToBeMiro) July 13, 2020
Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder)
Matt Cardona has already teased challenging Cody Rhodes for the AEW TNT Championship and bringing back his Internet Championship with a new look.
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The man formerly known as Ethan Carter III has been hard at work developing a new character on social media while also teasing jumps to Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor and All Elite Wrestling in a series of videos.
Twitter is a sewer.
I’ll put this content on here later, but for now it’s here.https://t.co/CfARATr23nJuly 2, 2020
Impact Wrestling has been heavily pushing Carter's possible return at Slammiversary this Saturday.prevnext
While it's possible that Rush is already a free agent (if his latest contract was under NXT rather than a standard deal), the former Cruiserweight Champion has teased never wrestling again.
"I legitimately might not ever wrestle again," Rush wrote on May 4 in a since-deleted tweet.prevnext
Impact Wrestling has been heavily teasing that at least one of Young's former personas could appear at Slammiversary on Saturday.prevnext
Slater made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw last week and wound up stealing the show with a promo directed at WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. He indicated after the show that it was a one-time performance.prevnext
Neither Primo nor Epico Colon had appeared on WWE television since February 2019 prior to their releases. In that gap of time the pair had mostly been working for the World Wrestling Council promotion in Puerto Rico.prevnext
Since his release, English has been focusing on his Wrestling With Whiskey brand. He was one of the many teased to appear in Impact this weekend though he's downplayed that in recent interviews.prevnext
The former Riott Squad member recently announced she is pregnant with her and Raymond Rowe's (Erik) first child.
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While he has given a number of interviews post-release, Rowan (Joseph Rudd) has stayed quiet about his next move.prevnext
Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis
The married couple recently had their second child, but they've both indicated they'll be making their next step soon enough.
Finally got myself back to over 200 lbs. Fun fact, I hated being under 205lbs. I have been 210lbs most of my career and dropping weight to 185-190lbs sucked. I never felt like myself. But it was asked of me, so I did it. #fitness #fitnessmotivation #gym #gymmotivation pic.twitter.com/J9fs4SgSDF— Miracle (@RealMikeBennett) July 13, 2020
Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins)
Much like Cardona, Myers (Curt Hawkins) has been counting down the days until he's free to compete elsewhere.
Freedom is coming.— Brian Myers (@Myers_Wrestling) July 3, 2020
July 18th. pic.twitter.com/1gfkNTbAnB
No Way Jose
The former NXT and Raw star has given a small handful of interviews, but has given no hints about where he'll go next.
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