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5 WWE Superstars Released In 2017 & The Reason Behind

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2017 has been quite the year in professional wrestling, WWE specifically. There has been no shortage of in-ring action, thanks to the brand-split, which has basically added double the programming, including a pay-per-view almost every other week.

Whatever the reason was, there are quite a few Superstars that are no longer with the company.  we will take a look at five former WWE Superstars that were let go this year and the reasoning behind their release.

5. Simon Gotch

In 2013, Simon Gotch signed his developmental contract with WWE. Gotch performed for a number of well-known promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Chikara, and Full Impact Pro, just to name a few. In April of last year, The Vaudevillains made their main roster debut as members of the newly revamped Smackdown Live brand.

Unfortunately, The Vaudevillains never picked up the steam needed to be a long-term success as WWE Superstars. In April of this year, almost one year to the date since his main roster debut, Simon Gotch was released.

Simon simply was not happy with his progress, or lack thereof, as a main roster Superstar. With that said, both Simon and WWE officials reached a mutual agreement to grant Simon his release.WWE released the following statement:

[su_note note_color=”#f8f8f5″ text_color=”#000000″]”WWE has come to terms on a mutually agreed upon release with Simon Gotch as of today, April 5, 2017. WWE wishes Gotch the best in all his future endeavors.”[/su_note]

4. Ho Ho Lun

Ho Ho Lun signed with the WWE in 2015 and was originally a participant in the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Lun is a native of Hong Kong, which is where all of his family still reside. Unfortunately, Lun recently received news that his mother had fallen seriously ill. Despite his dream of being a WWE Superstar, Ho Ho Lun had no other choice but to ask for his release, which the company granted.

Lun has since returned to Hong Kong, where his focus centres around his mother and helping her get better.

3. Austin Aries

When Austin Aries signed with WWE in January of 2016. Aries could do some great things as a WWE Superstar.

However, it appears Aries became frustrated with WWE’s creative officials and his role with the company. There’s another report that suggests that Austin was just hard to work with and was very unpopular backstage. Either way, Aries was released in early July.

However, Austin also has to contend with a 90-day non-compete clause, which runs through October 5, 2017. At that time, Aries will be free-agent.

2. Jack Swagger

Out of all of the releases to date in 2017, Jack Swagger is probably the one that shocked fans the most.

in 2006, Jacob Hager became Jack Swagger and he was then assigned to WWE’s developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling.

Swagger has had some success with the company since arriving on the main roster, becoming the ECW Champion at one time, as well as the United States Champion and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It’s also worth mentioning that Jack also won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match in 2010.

In March, Swagger announced on Chael Sonnen’s podcast, that he had indeed asked for his release from his WWE contract. However, WWE responded two days later that they had declined his request to be released. Just a couple of weeks after that announcement, WWE officials then confirmed that Swagger had been granted his release. WWE made the following statement regarding his release:

[su_note note_color=”#f8f8f5″ text_color=”#000000″]”I had been with the company for 10 years. I’m very fortunate for the career that I had. What it really was is a business decision. I valued myself at a certain price, they valued it at another. I’ve gotta move forward. It was just time for a change; time for Jake Hager/Jack Swagger to go out and see other opportunities.”[/su_note]

1. Eva Marie

Eva Marie has had quite an interesting run with WWE. While she became known best for her participation on the Total Divas show, Eva eventually worked her way into becoming an in-ring competitor, but her skill-level failed to reach the point where she could work on the same level as her fellow lady Superstars.

As we previously reported here on WrestleNews, Eva Marie was released by WWE on August 4th, WWE backstage agent Road Dogg had a Twitter exchange that the decision to leave was, in fact, Eva’s herself.

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