At various times every year, the WWE has a mass slate of releases. They usually happen all at once and Friday August 5 was the day they hit this year. Don’t be surprised if this is the end of the releases either.
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The first departure appears to be Gail Kim, who posted on Twitter that she quit the company. That was seen to be coming when she unprofessionally eliminated herself in the Diva’s battle royal on Monday night and Tweeted that she did it to se if anyone would notice.
The next release came as a pair. WWE Diva Melina and the big Russian Vladamir Kozlov both received their release as well. Kozlov was last seen on Friday Night Smackdown when Mark Henry “plimanized” his ankle. Melina was part of the Diva’s battle royal on Monday.
Melina Tweeted: “Feel free to Tweet, write, call @WWE about how u feel about anything. You deserve to be heard regarding any matter. Strength in numbers”
Melina’s real-life boyfriend John Morrison also had a little to say about the release.
“I’ve always believed that Melina is the most talented Diva ever employed by World Wrestling Entertainment,” Morrison said. “I’ve stood next to her with Joey while MNM was yelled at; told we’d never make it, we were worthless. I’ve seen her come back from 2 career threatening injuries. She is one of a kind, and talented enough to do whatever she wants. I’m proud to be her man. I love her, and will support whatever she chooses to do next.”
D.H. Smith, the son of the late “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith was also released today. The final announced release at this time was Chris Masters.
“Obviously, I’m surprised by the move. But I’m optimistic,” Masters said. “I’m going to move forward and see what lies ahead. I still love this business and I’m not going to give up because of this small set back. I want to explore and see what options I have for the future.”
Word is that there may be additional releases from WWE on the way but no specific names have been mentioned.
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