Why was Braun Strowman released by the WWE? Fans react as WWE cuts a number of athletes from roster

Joshua Rogers June 2, 2021
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Why was Braun Strowman released? Fans react to the WWE releasing a number of athletes from the roster, including Braun Strowman.

Who did the WWE release?

Sean Ross Sapp, of Fightful, reported the following names have been released by WWE:

  • Braun Strowman
  • Aleister Black
  • Ruby Riott
  • Lana
  • Santana Garrett
  • Buddy Murphy

The WWE later confirmed this and released an official statement on its website stating: “WWE wishes them the best in all of their future endeavours.” 

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Braun Strowman released by the WWE

Braun Strowman was one of the surprise names on the list of athletes released from the WWE.

The company seemed heavily invested in the former Strongman, even re-signing him to a four year contract in 2019.

Strowman was regularly used for public relations and media engagements. He was also part of the high-profile wrestling debut of world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.

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Strowman recently competed in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Backlash against Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre.

Braun Strowman started in WWE in 2013 on the NXT brand.

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Why was Braun Strowman released by the WWE?

He made his big debut as part of the Wyatt Family where he became most known.

It’s hard to put a finger on why the WWE have come to the decision, but it’s clear they want to go in a different direction and Strowman isn’t part of those plans.

The WWE recently released stars such as Samoa Joe, The IIconics and Mickie James. These were followed by a clearout of NXT talent in May.

These cuts, along with Braun Strowman, could be due to financial implications and the WWE wanting to reduce its outgoings to concentrate on new talent.

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WWE fans react to Braun Strowman’s release

WWE fans were shocked by the news of Braun Strowman’s release and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Strowman leaves the WWE a one-time Universal Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a two-time RAW Tag Team Champion, the 2019 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner, the Greatest Royal Rumble winner, and the 2018 Men’s Money In The Bank winner.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.