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Event history

This is a list of professional wrestlers, managers and other workers that were employed in World Wrestling Entertainment from:

  • 1952–1963 (as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation)
  • 1963–1979 (as the World Wide Wrestling Federation)
  • 1979–2002 (as the World Wrestling Federation)
  • 2002–present time (as World Wrestling Entertainment)

Early years[]

Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
1960 Maurice Catarcio The Matador Retired
1960 Edward Gossett Eddie Graham Went to NWA
1963 Antonino Rocca Antonino Rocca
1963 Herman C. Rohde, Jr. "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers
1969 Ed Farhat The Sheik
1970 Edward McDaniel Wahoo McDaniel
1972 Karl Istaz Karl Gotch
1972 Camille Tourville Tarzan Tyler
1974 Fred Blassie "Classy" Freddie Blassie Retired from wrestling to focus on being a manager.
1974 Miguel Feliciano Miguel Feliciano
1975 James Dudley James Dudley
1976 Kevin Sullivan Kevin Sullivan Released
1977 Wladek Kowalski Killer Kowalski Retired
1978 Charles Kalani, Jr. Professor Toru Tanaka
1978 George Stipich Stan "The Man" Stasiak
1979 Scott Irwin Yukon Eric
1979 James Parris Ivan Koloff
1979 Vincent J. McMahon Vincent J. McMahon Retired as owner of the WWWF and sold it to his son, Vincent K. McMahon.
1979 Jimmy Valen Jimmy Valiant

World Wrestling Federation era[]


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
1980 Ernie Ladd "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd -
1980 Bill White Wild Bill White
1981 Lawrence Whistler Larry Zbyszko
1981 Ed White Moondog King
1982 Eddie Gilbert "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
1982 Lanny Kean Moondog Cujo
1982 Paul McWight Moondog Rover Released
1983 Tatsumi Fujinami Tatsumi Fujinami Left the WWF after he lost the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship in order to resume wrestling in Japan.
1983 Masa Saito Masa Saito Released
1983 Bill Smithson Moondog Spike
1984 Stan Hansen Stan Hansen
1984 Houston Harris Bobo Brazil
1984 Bruce Woyan "Bulldog" Buzz Sawyer
1984 Mikel Scicluna "Baron" Mikel Scicluna Retired
1984 Ray Stevens Ray Stevens
1985 Mad Maxine Mad Maxine
1985 Dick Murdoch Dick Murdoch Left company after he and Adrian Adonis lost the World Tag Team Championship.
1985 Dewey Robertson The Missing Link
1985 Johnny Rodz Johnny Rodz
1985 Buddy Rose "Playboy" Buddy Rose
1985 Wendy Savinovich Wendi Richter
1985 David Schultz "Dr. D" David Schultz Released after incident with reporter John Stossel.
1985 Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper Left because it became an increasing distraction to her musical ambitions.
1986 Dory Funk, Jr. Hoss Funk
1986 Stan Frazier Uncle Elmer
1987 Takeshi Akabane Little Tokyo
1987 Josef Bednarski Ivan Putski
1987 Randy Colley Moondog Rex
Demolition Smash
Left when his plan to compete as Smash of Demolition fell through.
March 31, 1987 Lionel Giroux Little Beaver Ended career after he suffered a back injury in a match with King Kong Bundy.
1987 Raymond Kessler The Haiti Kid
1987 Michael Kirchner Corporal Kirchner He failed a drug test and was suspended. Afterwards, Kirchner decided not to return.
1987 Larry Latham Moondog Spot
1987 Pedro Morales Pedro Morales He took a job as part of WWF's Spanish announce team before retiring.
1987 Barry Orton Barry O
1987 Debbie Szestecki Debbie Combs
1987 Eric Tovey Lord Littlebrook
1987 Robert Windham Blackjack Mulligan
June 1987 Tom Zenk Tom Zenk Contract dispute.
July 4, 1987 Keith Franke Adrian Adonis
1988 Sika Anoa'i Sika
1988 Tom Billington Dynamite Kid
1988 Craig Minervini Craig DeGeorge
July 21, 1988 Brian Blair B. Brian Blair Left due to unfulfilled promises to win the Tag Team titles never came to fruition.
September 22, 1988 Conrad Efraim S.D. Jones
1988 Sam Fatu Tama, The Tonga Kid
1988 William Haynes, Jr. Billy Jack Haynes
1988 John Sutton Oliver Humperdink
1988 Reginald Lisowski The Crusher
1988 Velvet Mykietowich Velvet McIntyre Left company after the dissolution of the Women's division.
1988 Paul Orndorff "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
1988 Ken Patera Ken Patera
1988 James Raschke The Baron
1988 Sylvester Ritter Junkyard Dog, JYD
1988 Bruno Sammartino Bruno Sammartino Contract expired.
1988 David Sammartino David Sammartino Quit the WWF after he realized that his sole reason for employment was so Vince McMahon could get his father to wrestle.
1988 Patricia Karisma-Schroeder Leilani Kai
1988 Michael Smith Sam Houston
1988 "Superstar" Billy Graham "Superstar" Billy Graham
1988 Peter Stilsbury Outback Jack
1988 Noriyo Tateno Noriyo Tateno
April 1988 Bruce Reed "The Natural" Butch Reed
August 1988 Don Muraco Don Muraco
1989 Tully Blanchard Tully Blanchard Was fired after failing a random drug test.
1989 Scott Casey Scott Casey
1989 Jean Gagné Frenchy Martin
1989 Ronald Herd "Outlaw" Ron Bass
1989 Melissa Hiatt Missy Hyatt
1989 John Minton Big John Studd
1989 Masashi Ozawa Killer Kahn
1989 Harley Race Harley Race
1989 Robin Smith Rockin' Robin
1989 Max Taogaga Siva Afi
December 1989 Tom Lister, Jr. Zeus


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
1990 Roger Barnes Ronnie Garvin Released from contract.
1990 Allen Coage Bad News Brown Left due to claims that Vince McMahon failed to live up to promises.
1990 Bill Eadie Ax, Super Machine Health problems.
1990 George Gray One Man Gang, Akeem Released from contract.
1990 Hector Guerrero Gobbledy Gooker Gimmick Failed
1990 James Janos Jesse Ventura Left to pursue other interests.
1990 Al Perez Al Perez Budget cut.
1990 Juanita Wright Sapphire Storyline ended, was no longer needed
1990 Roy Wayne Farris The Honky Tonk Man Released after mutual decision. Lawsuit with McMahon followed regarding owning the HTM name/gimmick.
1991 Brady Boone Battle Kat, Brady Boone Budget cut.
1991 Nick Busick Big Bully Busick Retired from wrestling.
1991 Anthony White Tony Atlas, Saba Simba Gimmick did not go as planned. 
1991 Paul Centopani Paul Roma Released from contract.
1991 Carly Colón, Sr. Carlos Colón Retired from wrestling.
1991 Jim Barrell Boris Zhukov
1991 Pete Doherty The Duke of Dorchester
1991 Rick Harris Black Bart
1991 Genichiro Tenryu Tenryu
1991 Kōji Kitao Kitao
1991 André Rousimoff André the Giant, The Giant Machine Retired because he was too ill to continue wrestling.
1991 John Tolos The Coach
1992 Kerry Adkisson Texas Tornado, Kerry Von Erich Fired after failing random drug test.
1992 Ray Fernandez Hercules, Hercules Hernandez Left the WWF because he was frustrated that he was being used as a jobber too often. He later signed with WCW.
1992 Elizabeth Hulette Miss Elizabeth Left the WWF shortly after her divorce from Randy Savage.
1992 Adnan El Kassey General Adnan, Billy White Wolf
1992 Andy Kindler Jamison
1992 Mike McGuirk Mike McGuirk Left the WWF after refusing to pose for Penthouse magazine. 
1992 James Reiher "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka
1992 Terry Szopinski The Warlord Wanted to compete on the independent circuit.
1992 Pat Tanaka Tanaka
1992 John Wisniski, Jr. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
January 1992 Adolfo Bresciano Dino Bravo Retired from wrestling.
December 1992 Kevin Wacholz Nailz Reportedly released after he attacked Vince McMahon over a dispute over money.
1993 Charles Ashenoff Max Moon Konnan left the WWF following a disagreement with WWF owner Vince McMahon, believing that he was being discriminated against and resenting McMahon's refusal to give him a guaranteed contract
1993 Rob Bartlett Rob Bartlett
1993 Wayne Bloom Beau Beverly Went into semi-retirement. 
1993 Terry Bollea Hulk Hogan Left the WWF by mutual agreement; decided to pursue other interests. Later signed with WCW.
1993 Tom Boric Paul Diamond, Kato, Max Moon His contract was not renewed. 
1993 James Brunzell "Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell
1993 Barry Darsow Smash, Repo Man
1993 Mike Enos Blake Beverly Later went to WCW
1993 Jorge Gonzáles Giant Gonzales Contract expired. 
1993 Jimmy Hart Jimmy Hart Left after McMahon wanted him to take a 50% pay cut.
1993 Raymond Heenan Bobby Heenan Left after McMahon wanted him to take a 50% pay cut.
1993 Steve James Lance Cassidy
1993 Ken Johnson Slick, Reverend Slick Left to concentrate on preaching in his church.
1993 Ed Leslie Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake Left to go to WCW.
1993 Sean Mooney Sean Mooney Contract expired. 
1993 John Nord The Berzerker, The Viking
1993 Matt Osborne Doink the Clown (#1), Matt Borne Fired for constant drug abuse.
1993 Lanny Poffo The Genius, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo
1993 Sherri Russell "Sensational" Sherri Martel Fired for not passing a drug test
1993 Jerome Saganovich Jerry Sags Left with partner for WCW.
1993 Merced Solis Tito Santana, El Matador Went to ECW
1993 Phil Theis Damien Demento
1993 Brian Yandrisovitz Brian Knobbs Left with partner for WCW.
1994 Tony Halme Ludvig Borga Retired due to injury
1994 Jim Harris Kamala
1994 Bruce Hart Bruce Hart Retired
1994 Keith Hart Keith Hart Retired
1994 Heidi Lee Morgan Heidi Lee Morgan
1994 Fred Ottman Typhoon, Tugboat
1994 Robert Rechsteiner Rick Steiner Left after Vince didn't follow through with his promises.
1994 Mike Shaw Bastion Booger, Friar Ferguson
1994 James Ware Koko B. Ware
November 1994 Randy Poffo "Macho Man" Randy Savage Left to go to WCW
1995 Afa Anoa'i Afa
1995 Samula Anoa'i Samu Left due to excessive travel schedule.
1995 Lou Albano "Captain" Lou Albano Retired.
1995 Scott Bigelow Bam Bam Bigelow Left due to problems with the Clique.
1995 Jeff Bradley Charlie Hunter
1995 Steve Doll Steven Dunn
1995 Claude Giroux Dink, Tiger Jackson
1995 Alfred Hayes Lord Alfred Hayes Left after getting in a car accident which resulted in him contracting gangrene and being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
1995 Robert Horne Mo
1995 Mike Jones Virgil
1995 Stan Lane Stan Lane Went into semi-retirement. 
1995 Ray Liccachelli Doink the Clown (#2)
1995 Dan Marsh Dan Marsh, Danny Davis
1995 Troy Martin Dean Douglas, Shane Douglas Quit after backstage problems with The Clique.
1995 Debra Miceli Alundra Blayze Released after talking to WCW under contract.
1995 Chris Pallies King Kong Bundy Left after feeling his return wasn't as successful as his first WWF run.
1995 Josip Peruzović Nikolai Volkoff Went into semi-retirement.
1995 Darryl Peterson Man Mountain Rock, Maxx Payne Released due to his growing drug abuse problems. 
1995 James Richland Jimmy Del Ray
1995 Gary Sabaugh The Italian Stallion
1995 Akio Sato Sato, Shinja
1995 Joe Scarpa Chief Jay Strongbow
1995 Dan Spivey Waylon Mercy, Danny Spivey Retired after being injured in a match with Kevin Nash.
1995 Jack Tunney Jack Tunney Retired.
1995 Sione Vailahi The Barbarian, Sionne
1995 Richard Vigneault "The Model" Rick Martel
1995 Bill Watts Bill Watts Had many conflicts with Vince McMahon.
1995 Timothy A. Smith Timothy Well
September 1, 1995 Lawrence Pfohl Lex Luger, The Narcissist Signed with WCW, breaking his promise to Vince McMahon that he would stay.
January 1996 William Ansor Buddy Landel Left after an injury sustained in a match with Bret Hart.
November 1996 Marty Jannetty Marty Jannetty Requested his release because he was unhappy with the New Rockers' lack of success and management's refusal to break the team up.
1996 Chris Candido Skip Didn't like his gimmick. He quit.
1996 Wayne Cowan Uncle Zebekiah
1996 Mike Droese Duke "The Dumpster" Droese Requested his release because the excessive touring was starting to take its toll.
1996 Chad Fortune Travis
1996 Harry Fujiwara Mr. Fuji Left due to excessive travel schedule and knee problems.
1996 Terry Gordy Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, The Executioner Released from contract.
1996 Robert Miller Bushwhacker Butch Released from contract.
1996 Louis Mucciolo Rad Radford, Louie Spicolli Released after suffering severe seizures from a drug overdose.
1996 Kensuke Shinzaki Hakushi
1996 Warrior The Ultimate Warrior Contract was terminated after several no-shows.
1996 Erik Watts Troy Released from contract.
1996 Brian Wickens Bushwhacker Luke Released from contract.
1997 Tony Anthony TL Hopper, Uncle Cletus
1997 Robert Bedard Rene Goulet
1997 Scott Bednarski Scott Putski
1997 Rick Bogner Fake Razor Ramon Gimmick failed.
1997 Jamie Crookshanks J.C. Ice
1997 Sid Eudy Sycho Sid, Sid Justice
1997 Roy Wayne Farris The Honky Tonk Man Released after mutual agreement with the WWF. Wanted to pursue Indy bookings.
1997 Doug Furnas Doug Furnas
1997 James Hines Bobby Fulton
1997 Barry Horowitz Barry Horowitz
1997 Barney Irwin The Goon
1997 Phil Lafleur Phil Lafon
1997 Herman Stevens Clarence Mason Released from contract.
1997 Masanori Murakawa The Great Sasuke
1997 Todd Pettengill Todd Pettengill Decided to leave the company after the grind of juggling his WWF duties and his radio career were proving to be too hectic.
1997 Alex Porteau Alex "The Pug" Porteau
1997 Aurelian Smith, Jr. Jake "The Snake" Roberts Released after failing drug tests.
1997 Richard Rood "Ravishing" Rick Rude Left for WCW.
1997 * Unknown The Commandant
1997 Khosrow Vaziri Iron Sheik, Col. Mustafa
1997 Kelly Wolfe Wolfie D
January 1997 Guadalupe Robledo Jose Lothario
November 1997 Bret Hart Bret "The Hitman" Hart Left after the incident at Survivor Series 1997 known as the Montreal Screwjob.
December 1997 Jim Neidhart Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, Who Left WWF a month after the Montreal Screwjob.
1998 Achim Albrecht Brakkus
1998 Rodney Anoa'i Yokozuna He was unable to pass a physical required for professional wrestlers and was released.
1998 Tom Brandi Salvatore Sincere, Tom Brandi Left company after months of not being pushed.
1998 Joseph Bruce Violent J Left company after Vince McMahon refused to air Insane Clown Posse commercials on WWF programming.
1998 Don Callis The Jackyl
1998 Robert Fuller Tennessee Lee
1998 Mike Hallick Mantaur, Tank
1998 Michael Hegstrand Hawk Left after a strong dislike to his current storyline.
1998 Brian Lee Chainz, (Evil) Undertaker Released from contract.
1998 Pablo Marquez Babu
1998 Anthony Norris Ahmed Johnson Released after his wrestling style had begun to cause injury to his opponents.
1998 Takeo Otsuka Mens Teioh
1998 Luc Poirier Sniper
1998 Juan Rivera Savio Vega, Kwang Released from contract.
1998 Shigeki Sato Dick Togo
1998 Joseph Utsler Shaggy 2 Dope Left company after Vince McMahon refused to air Insane Clown Posse commercials on WWF programming.
1998 Wally Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-San Quietly left.
May 1998 Tammy Lynn Sytch Sunny, Tamara Murphy Left the WWF for ECW.
July 1998 Ricky Morton Ricky Morton
August 1998 Del Wilkes The Patriot
September 1998 Shian-Li Tsang Mrs. Yamaguchi-San
October 1998 Jesus Castillo, Jr. Jesus Castillo
October 1998 Jose Estrada, Jr. Jose Estrada, Jr.
October 1998 Miguel Pérez, Jr. Miguel Perez
October 25, 1998 Leon White Vader Left after contract expired.
1999 Christopher Daniels Conquistador Dos
1999 Michael Durham Johnny Grunge Was not received well by the rest of the WWF roster.
1999 Paul Ellering Paul Ellering Retired.
1999 James Myers George "The Animal" Steele
1999 Ted Petty "Flyboy" Rocco Rock Was not received well by the rest of the WWF roster.
1999 Mike Polchlopek Bart Gunn, Bodacious Bart Released from contract.
1999 Alicia Webb Ryan Shamrock Released from contract.
February 1999 John Tenta Earthquake, Golga Oddities gimmick didn't go as planned.
April 1999 Don Harris Don Harris, Jared Grimm, Jacob Blu, 8-Ball Released from contract.
April 1999 Ron Harris Ron Harris, Jason Grimm, Eli Blu, Skull Released from contract.
April 1999 Dan Severn Dan "The Beast" Severn Released from contract.
May 1999 Marcus Merowitz Marc Mero Budget cut.
July 19, 1999 Nicole Bass Nicole Bass Left after claiming she was sexually harassed.
September 1999 Marianna Komlos Marianna, Mrs. Cleavage Released from contract.
September 1999 Paulo da Silva Giant Silva Released from contract.
October 5, 1999 Vince Russo Vince Russo Left after having a falling out with Vince McMahon over the increased workload placed upon him. Joined WCW.
October 16, 1999 Jeff Jarrett Jeff Jarrett Contract expired. Mr. McMahon forgot to renew it.
November 1999 Robert Maillet Kurrgan, The Interrogator Released in order to pursue an acting career.
November 1999 Ken Shamrock Ken Shamrock Left to resume his MMA career.

Early 2000s[]

Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
2000 Bob Backlund Bob Backlund Released from contract.
2000 Rebecca Budig Rebecca Budig
2000 Duane Gill Gillberg Released from contract.
2000 Glen Ruth Thrasher Retired
2000 Jason Traverse Jason Sensation
January 2000 Carl Ouellet Jean Pierre LaFitte/Pierre Contract expired.
January 2000 Jacques Rougeau The Mountie Released from contract.
February 2000 Gertrude Vachon Luna Vachon Released from her contract due to allegedly taping the mouth of a producer shut.
March 2000 Curtis Hughes Mr. Hughes Released from contract.
May 30, 2000 David Smith The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith Had prescription drug problems.
June 2000 Cathy Dingman Barbara Bush (B.B.) Released from contract.
July 2000 Vic Grimes Key Released from contract.
September 2000 Caryn Mower Muffy Mower Released due to lack of storyline ideas for her character.
October 2000 Dennis Knight Mideon, Phineas I. Godwinn, Dennis Knight Released from contract.
November 3, 2000 Frostee Moore Mandy Released from contract.
December 2000 Brian Gerard James Road Dogg, Jesse James, Roadie Released after showing up for a Raw show in an "unfit work state" due to drug use.
December 2000 Cynthia Lynch Bobcat Released from her contract.
2001 Sara Calaway Sara Storyline ended; made brief appearances for WWE later.
2001 Jim Dotson Jim Dotson Left to pursue other interest.
February 2001 Jerry Lawler Jerry "The King" Lawler Quit the company in protest of his wife, Stacy Carter, being released. He would return to the company later that year.
February 27, 2001 Stacy Carter The Kat, Miss Kitty Released for behavior problems backstage.
June 2001 Jason Arhndt Joey Abs Released from contract. Later retired.
June 2001 Peter Gasperino Pete Gas Released from contract. Later retired.
June 2001 Ron Killings K-Kwik Mutually agreed on release due to lack of push.
June 2001 Rodney Leinhardt Rodney Released from contract. Later retired.
July 2001 Joseph Hitchen Just Joe Released from contract.
July 9, 2001 Marcus Bagwell Buff Bagwell Released for unprofessional conduct.
August 2001 Charles Warrington Chaz, Mosh, Beaver Cleavage Released from his contract.
September 2001 Terri Poch Tori Was asked to train more but refused and was released.
September 2001 Jesús Guadalupe Delgado Seldaña Essa Rios Rumors say he refused to speak English.
September 24, 2001 Brian Adams Brian Adams, Crush Left WWF when he was asked to go to a developmental territory.
September 24, 2001 Bryan Clark Bryan Clark, Adam Bomb Left WWF when he was asked to go to a developmental territory.
November 30, 2001 Chyna Chyna Laurer sat out her contract after negotiations stalled around May 2001; her WWF contract ended November of that year.
2002 Raymond Rougeau Raymond Rougeau Left when they stopped producing French programming.
2002 Billy Silverman Billy Silverman Asked for release due to constant hazing.
April 2002 Takao Yoshida Taka Michinoku Left to go back to Japan after a serious shoulder injury.

World Wrestling Entertainment era[]


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
2002 Tonga Fifita Haku, King Tonga, King Haku Retired
2002 Jerry Lynn Jerry Lynn Released. Went To TNA.
May 7, 2002 Scott Hall Scott Hall, Razor Ramon Released for obscene behavior on a plane trip and for drug and alcohol related issues.
May 8, 2002 Curt Hennig Mr. Perfect, Curt Hennig Released after reportedly becoming intoxicated and getting into a fight with Brock Lesnar on a return flight from the United Kingdom.
June 3, 2002 Steven Anderson Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Ringmaster Walked out of the company because he felt that the creative team were constantly giving him nothing but bad storylines.
July 2002 Gurjit Singh Tiger Ali Singh Released after a career-ending injury.Then attempted to sue the WWE.
August 25, 2002 Sean Waltman X-Pac, 1-2-3 Kid, The Kid, Syxx Left WWE in a mutual decision.
September 7, 2002 Michael Alfonso Mike Awesome Released from contract.
September 27, 2002 Sean Stipich Shawn Stasiak, Meat, Planet Stasiak Was fired after gimmick failed.
October 2002 Steve Blackman Steve Blackman Retired due to injury.
October 2002 David Fliehr David Flair Released from developmental contract.
November 24, 2002 Page Falkinburg Diamond Dallas Page Left after a neck injury suffered in a match with Hardcore Holly.
November 24, 2002 Perry Satullo Perry Saturn Retore his ACL in April. Was released before he could return.
December 5, 2002 Charles Wright The Godfather, The Goodfather, Kama Mustafa, Kama, Papa Shango Retired
January 2003 Barry Buchanan Bull Buchanan, Recon, B-2 Released from contract.
January 2003 Scott Levy Raven, Johnny Polo, Scotty Flamingo Left after a contract dispute.
February 14, 2003 Accie C. Connor D'Lo Brown Left to wrestle in Japan.
March 2003 Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly Left to pursue other ventures.
March 2003 Debra Marshall Debra Walked from WWE in 2002 following Stone Cold Steve Austin's departure, WWE did not announce this until 2003.
April 2003 Eric Angle Eric Angle Released from developmental contract.
May 2003 Wayde Bowles Rocky Johnson Released as a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling.
June 2003 Terry Taylor Terry Taylor, Red Rooster Released after problems with other employees.
June 2003 Roderick Toombs Roddy Piper Released after he gave a controversial interview on HBO's Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel.
July 2003 Terry Bollea Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hogan, Mr. America Contract expired. Left to star in both TV and movies.
July 1, 2003 Mike Lockwood Crash Holly, Crash Released on suspicion that he was using drugs.
December 6, 2003 Nathan Jones Nathan Jones Requested release due to heavy travel schedule.
December 31, 2003 Kevin Nash Kevin Nash, Diesel, Vinnie Vegas, Steel, Oz Left after contract expired.


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
February 4, 2004 Zach Gowen Zach Gowen Released due to alleged attitude problems.
February 9, 2004 Chris Klucsaritis Chris Kanyon Kanyon claims that he was released because he is a homosexual.
February 12, 2004 Ernest Miller Ernest "The Cat" Miller Retired
February 12, 2004 Desmond Thompson Lamont Was released when Ernest Miller retired
March 15, 2004 Bill Goldberg Goldberg Contract expired, declined to re-sign.
March 15, 2004 Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar Left to pursue career in the National Football League.
April 3, 2004 Sean O'Haire Sean O'Haire Released after he was involved in an altercation with a female and was charged with assault.
April 3, 2004 Terri Runnels Terri Runnels, Marlena Released due to budget cuts. She also claims it was time for her to retire.
April 15, 2004 Yoshihiro Asai Ultimo Dragon Asked for release to go back to Japan.
June 2004 Rue DeBona Rue DeBona Asked for release.
June 2004 Brian Lawler Grandmaster Sexay, Brian Christopher Released for allegedly using muscle relaxers.
June 2004 Jacqueline Moore Jacqueline, Ms. Jackie Moore Released due to budget cuts.
June 15, 2004 Chavo Guerrero, Sr. Chavo Guerrero, Chavo Classic Released for no-showing a SmackDown! house show two days earlier.
July 17, 2004 Solofa Fatu Rikishi, The Sultan, Fatu Released after refusing to lose weight.
August 5, 2004 Ryan Sakoda Sakoda Budget Cut
August 10, 2004 Rena Mero Sable Budget Cut
August 17, 2004 Scott Rechsteiner Scott Steiner He & WWE agreed on his release.
October 26, 2004 Carmella DeCesare Carmella DeCesare Was no longer needed and released.
November 1, 2004 Matthew Bloom A-Train, Albert, Prince Albert Budget cut; released while he was injured with a torn rotator cuff.
November 1, 2004 Monty Sopp Billy Gunn, Mr. Ass, Billy G, RockaBilly Left after contract expired.
November 2, 2004 Rico Constantino Rico Budget Cut; Retired from wrestling.
November 3, 2004 Nidia Guenard Nidia Budget Cut
November 3, 2004 Gail Kim Gail Kim Budget Cut
November 4, 2004 John Hugger Johnny Stamboli Budget Cut
November 12, 2004 Linda Miles Linda Miles, Shaniqua Released because of attitude problems.
December 31, 2004 Dwayne Johnson The Rock, Rocky Maivia Retired from wrestling to focus on his movie career.
February 2005 Amy Weber Amy Weber Left after hazing from Randy Orton.
March 2005 Rochelle Loewen Rochelle Loewen Left because she felt she wasn't getting enough exposure.
April 11, 2005 Terry Gerin Rhyno Released for having a rather public argument with his wife in a hotel foyer, breaking a vase in the process.
April 11, 2005 William Moody Paul Bearer Contract was terminated.
April 12, 2005 Nora Greenwald Molly Holly, Mighty Molly Requested release for personal reasons.
April 12, 2005 Aaron Aguilera Jesús Aguilera, Jesús, Uno Released from developmental contract.
April 18, 2005 Lance Evers Lance Storm Asked for his release due to the condition of his back.
May 11, 2005 Matt Wiese Luther Reigns Was released on good terms with Vince McMahon.
June 2005 Lauren Jones Lauren Jones Left to star in movies and TV shows, considers coming back.
June 30, 2005 Marc Lloyd Marc Lloyd One of the first releases in WWE's major budget cuts in late June/July 2005.
July 5, 2005 Maven Huffman Maven Budget Cut
July 5, 2005 Matt Hyson Spike Dudley WWE decided not to renew his contract. Believed to be a cost-cutting measure by WWE.
July 5, 2005 Peter Gruner Billy Kidman, Kidman Budget Cut
July 5, 2005 Mark Jindrak Mark Jindrak Budget Cut
July 6, 2005 Jackie Gayda Miss Jackie Budget Cut
July 6, 2005 Joy Giovanni Joy Giovanni Budget Cut
July 6, 2005 Devon Hughes D-Von Dudley, Reverend D-Von WWE decided not to renew his contract.
July 6, 2005 Mark LoMonaco Bubba Ray Dudley, Buh Buh Ray Dudley WWE decided not to renew his contract.
July 6, 2005 Matt Morgan Matt Morgan Budget Cut
July 6, 2005 Dawn Marie Psaltis Dawn Marie Budget Cut; she was pregnant at the time.
July 6, 2005 Hiroko Suzuki Hiroko Budget Cut
July 6, 2005 Kenzo Suzuki Kenzo Suzuki Budget Cut
July 8, 2005 Jim Cornette Jim Cornette Released after many backstage confrontations at OVW.
July 18, 2005 Earl Hebner Earl Hebner Released for selling WWE merchandise without permission.
July 19, 2005 Dave Hebner Dave Hebner Released in connection with Earl Hebner incident.
July 22, 2005 Lisa Moretti Ivory WWE refused to renew her contract.
July 25, 2005 Brian Heffron The Blue Meanie Short-term contract expired
August 13, 2005 Frankie Kazarian Kaz Asked for his release after WWE wanted him to cut his hair.
September 11, 2005 Daniel Puder Daniel Puder Budget Cut; offered a lower salary but refused.
September 21, 2005 Mark Copani Muhammad Hassan Taken off TV at request of UPN over an angle. Quit shortly thereafter.
October 29, 2005 Brian Hebner Brian Hebner Released, shortly after his father Earl Hebner and uncle Dave Hebner, for behavior problems.
October 31, 2005 Jason Reso Christian Contract expired. Decided to join TNA
December 5, 2005 Christy Hemme Christy Hemme Budget Cut
December 8, 2005 Yoshihiro Tajiri Tajiri Asked for his release so he could go back to Japan.


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
2006 Terry Funk Terry Funk Was injured at One Night Stand and advised not to return.
January 2006 Elisabeth Rouffaer Elisabeth Rouffaer Left WWE because she didn't feel like wrestling was the right job for her.
January 6, 2006 Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández Juventud Guerrera, Juventud Released for poor behavior backstage.
January 17, 2006 Jon Heidenreich Heidenreich Released by WWE after taking time off for ear infection.
February 2006 Thea Vidale Momma Benjamin Gimmick had ended, and was no longer needed.
February 10, 2006 Tom Matera Antonio Was released along with his tag partner Romeo.
February 10, 2006 John Roselli Romeo Was released along with his tag partner Antonio.
February 13, 2006 "Cowboy" Bob Orton "Cowboy" Bob Orton Was no longer needed.
February 22, 2006 John Toland James Dick Released due to alleged backstage incident with his tag team partner.
February 22, 2006 Chad Wicks Chad Dick Released due to alleged backstage incident with his tag team partner.
March 9, 2006 José Alvarado Nieves Super Porky Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Unknown Octagoncito Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Unknown Piratita Morgan Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Mascarita Sagrada Mascarita Sagrada, Max Mini, Tsuki Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Unknown Pequeño Violencia Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 21, 2006 Matt Anoa'i Rosey Mutual decision, both parties thought it was a good idea for him to take time off while he worked on his excessive weight situation.
April 4, 2006 Travis Tomko Tyson Tomko Asked for release due to lack of role and storylines.
April 27, 2006 Brian Mailhot Palmer Canon Requested release after alleged hazing by other superstars.
May 26, 2006 Orlando Jordan Orlando Jordan He was allegedly released for having an unauthorized person with him on the road and backstage at events.
June 6, 2006 Joseph Laurinaitis Road Warrior Animal, Animal, The Road Warrior Released after throwing a temper tantrum backstage because his character ideas were all turned down by management.
June 14, 2006 Dustin Rhodes Goldust, Dustin Runnels Released because he missed a RAW show while attending to family problems in court without informing WWE officials.
June 29, 2006 Joseph Dorgan Johnny Parisi Given release after only appearing on Heat.
July 2006 Stacy Keibler Stacy Keibler, Super Stacy Let contract expire to pursue a modeling career.
August 25, 2006 Kurt Angle Kurt Angle Granted an early release due to "personal reasons"/On the road a lot because of WWE House shows he was tired out because of the schedule, went to TNA
September 17, 2006 Patricia Stratigias Trish Stratus Retired from wrestling.
September 27, 2006 David Cash Kid Kash Released due to "attitude problems"
September 28, 2006 Peter Polaco Justin Credible, Aldo Montoya, P.J.Walker Released after no-showing an ECW taping and for failing to contact WWE management afterwards.
September 29, 2006 Marty Jannetty Marty Jannetty Fired for no-showing and not contacting the office afterwards.
October 12, 2006 Francine Fournier Francine Released from her contract.
October 12, 2006 Brent Albright Gunner Scott Released from developmental contract
October 26, 2006 Ted DiBiase "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase Budget cut.
November 1, 2006 Dionicio Castellanos Psicosis He was released following an arrest for allegedly stealing a car in Mexico.
November 26, 2006 Amy Dumas Lita Retired to focus on acting and music career; also wanted to stay away from the spotlight after the tremendous fan backlash she had been receiving because she legitimately cheated on Matt Hardy with Adam "Edge" Copeland.
December 13, 2006 Amy Zidian Amy Zidian Released from her contract because of attitude problems, allegedly with Stephanie McMahon.
December 15, 2006 Dan Morrison Danny Doring Released from his contract.
2007 Paul Heyman Paul Heyman Removed from his position in ECW on December 4, 2006. Then quietly left the company.
2007 Todd Romero Steve Romero Quietly left the company.
2007 Steve Williams Dr. Death Steve Williams Released from developmental duties
January 18, 2007 Chris Anderson C.W. Anderson, Christopher W. Anderson Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Doug Basham Doug Basham Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Carlene Begnaud Jazz Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Rodney Begnaud Rodney Mack Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 David Heath Gangrel Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Danny Holly Danny Basham Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Mike Shane Jake Gymini Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Todd Shane Jesse Gymini Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Charles John Spencer Tony Mamaluke Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Sylvester Terkay Sylvester Terkay Budget cut.
January 19, 2007 Chris Chavis Tatanka Budget cut.
January 20, 2007 Bill DeMott Bill DeMott, Hugh Morrus Budget cut. Not following expectations of WWE staff.
February 27, 2007 Andrew Martin Test Requested release following 30 day suspension. Also believed to have failed a drug test.
March 22, 2007 Rebecca DiPietro Rebecca Requested Release.
March 26, 2007 Adam Birch Joey Mercury Backstage Problems. Also had drug problems.
May 11, 2007 Rob Conway Rob Conway Budget cut
May 11, 2007 Charles Skaggs Flash Funk, 2 Cold Scorpio Budget cut
May 15, 2007 Vito LoGrasso Vito Budget cut
May 15, 2007 Terry Brunk Sabu Backstage problems
May 18, 2007 Shelly Martinez Ariel Released from contract after backstage fight with Batista
May 18, 2007 Scott Garland Scotty 2 Hotty, Scott Taylor Budget Cut.
May 18, 2007 Nick Mitchell Mitch Budget Cut.
May 19, 2007 Mark Canterbury Henry O. Godwinn, Mark Canterbury Released from Developmental contract
June 22, 2007 Stephanie Finochio Trinity Released from contract, was inactive.
June 30, 2007 Robert Szatkowski Rob Van Dam Left the company in order to take care of his wife, who had been diagnosed with cancer; took a hiatus from wrestling as a result.
July 11, 2007 Chris Kay Chris Kay Failed a drug test.
July 26, 2007 René Goguen Rene Dupree Released due to drug related incident.
August 5, 2007 Eric Bischoff Eric Bischoff Contract expired.
August 6, 2007 Aaron Stevens Idol Stevens Requested release due to lack of storyline.
August 13, 2007 Sylvain Grenier Sylvan, Sylvain Grenier Released due to an argument backstage over his canceled push.
August 22, 2007 Daniel Rodimer Dan Rodman Released to pursue a separate career.
August 31, 2007 Mike Bucci Simon Dean, Hollywood Nova Released due to his connection to an illegal pharmacy ring.
September 1, 2007 Nick Dinsmore Eugene Released after failing to come up with papers concerning his prescription medicine.
September 2, 2007 Jayson Paul JTG Released due to altercation at house show with referees.
September 2, 2007 Shad Gaspard Shad Gaspard Released due to altercation at house show with referees.
September 11, 2007 Jim Fullington The Sandman Requested early release
September 19, 2007 Monty Brown Marcus Cor Von Released due to personal reasons
October 13, 2007 Reuben Cain Robert Gibson Released for not properly handling a heated confrontation between CM Punk and Tony Atlas.
October 16, 2007 Booker Huffman Booker T, King Booker Granted release from contract following 60-Day Suspension; later went to TNA
October 16, 2007 Sharmell Sullivan Queen Sharmell, Sharmell Released along with her husband
October 16, 2007 Shawn Daivari Daivari Granted release from contract.
October 30, 2007 Kristal Marshall Kristal Rejected storyline to be Edge's girlfriend
November 1, 2007 Brooke Adams Brooke Released from contract
November 8, 2007 Chris Mordetzky Chris Masters Released from contract while serving 60 Day Suspension


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
2008 Johnny Jeter Johnny Jeter
Quietly released from the company.
January 8, 2008 Anastacia Rose McPherson Anastacia
Anastacia Rose
Released from contract.
February 4, 2008 Franklin Lashley Bobby Lashley
Left for reasons beyond his control. He had stated that he did not want to leave the WWE in an interview.
February 4, 2008 Michael Depoli Roadkill
Antoni Polaski
Released from his contract for selling un-authorised WWE merchandise.
February 7, 2008 Allen Sarven Al Snow
Steve Moore
Leif Cassidy
Released following WWE ending their affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling. Was under a wrestling trainer's contract.
April 28, 2008 David Taylor Dave Taylor Released from contract.
April 28, 2008 Jonathan Rechner Balls Mahoney
Xanta Klaus
Released from contract.
May 8, 2008 Torrie Wilson Torrie Wilson Requested release due to a back injury.
June 13, 2008 Michael Brendli Mike Mondo
Released from contract.
July 3, 2008 William Mueller Trevor Murdoch Contract expired. WWE decided not to renew it.
July 9, 2008 Ashley Massaro Ashley Massaro
Requested release in order to care for her sick daughter.
August 3, 2008 Richard Fliehr Ric Flair Requested release.
August 3, 2008 Jonathan Coachman Jonathan Coachman Left to work for ESPN.
August 7, 2008 Chris Harris Braden Walker Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Kurt Sellers KC James
James Curtis
Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Clifford Compton Domino Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Shannon Moore Shannon Moore Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 James Maritato Nunzio
Little Guido
Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Nick Hamilton Nick Patrick Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Nelson Frazier, Jr. Mabel
King Mabel
Big Daddy V
Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Michael Manna Stevie Richards
Steven Richards
Big Stevie Cool
Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Derek Graham-Couch Robbie McAllister Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Russell Murray Rory McAllister Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Wes Adams Wes Adams Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Kara Drew Cherry Released from contract. Was rumored that she wasn't thin enough to be a diva.
August 15, 2008 Colin Delaney Colin Delaney Released from contract.
September 1, 2008 Mick Foley, Sr. Mick Foley
Cactus Jack
Dude Love
Allowed contract to expire because he was unhappy with his position in the company. Was tired of being beat up or killed off in all of his promos
October 14, 2008 Lance McNaught Lance Cade
Garrison Cade
Released from contract after suffering a seizure on a plane and needing emergency medical care.
November 5, 2008 Francisco Pantoja Islas Super Crazy Requested release because he was unhappy with his position in the company.
November 7, 2008 Paul London Paul London Released from contract.
November 7, 2008 Charles Palumbo Chuck Palumbo
Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Elijah Burke Elijah Burke Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Kenneth Doane Kenny
Kenny Dykstra
Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Lena Yada Lena Yada Released from contract.
November 18, 2008 Hazem Ali Armando Estrada
Armando Alejandro Estrada
Released from contract.
December 1, 2008 Bruce Prichard Brother Love Released from contract.
December 11, 2008 Gene Snitsky Snitsky
Gene Snitsky
Released from contract.
December 31, 2008 Barry Windham Barry Windham
The Widowmaker
The Stalker
Blackjack Windham
Released from contract.


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
January 9, 2009 Keenan Quinn Kevin Keenan Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Michael Mayo, Jr, Mike Kruel Released from developmental contract
January 9, 2009 Accie Conner D'Lo Brown Released from contract
January 9, 2009 Justin LaRouche Bam Neely Released from contract
January 9, 2009 Sean Morley Val Venis
The Big Valbowski
Sean Morley
Chief Morley
Released from contract due to inactivity
January 9, 2009 Kevin Fertig Mordecai
Kevin Thorn
Released from developmental contract
January 9, 2009 Tim White Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Jim Korderas Jim Korderas
Jimmy Korderas
Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Mike Posey Mike Posey Budget cut
January 10, 2009 Ronnie Arniell Gavin Spears Budget cut
January 13, 2009 Robert Remus Sgt. Slaughter Budget cut
January 13, 2009 Ron Simmons Ron Simmons
Faarooq Asaad
Budget cut
January 14, 2009 Mickie Henson Mickie Henson Budget cut
January 14, 2009 Matt Cappotelli Matt Cappotelli Budget cut
January 15, 2009 Hade Vansen None Released from contract
January 16, 2009 Lisa Marie Varon Victoria Retired. Stated that WWE wasn't giving her anything creative with storylines.

Moved to TNA as Tara

January 16, 2009 Robert Howard Hardcore Holly
Bob Holly
Bombastic Bob
Thurman "Sparky" Plugg
Released from contract
February 20, 2009 Scott Colton Scotty Goldman Released from contract
February 22, 2009 Freddie Prinze, Jr. Granted release
February 24, 2009 Afa Anoa'i, Jr. Manu Released from contract
March 4, 2009 Marty Wright The Boogeyman Released from contract
March 5, 2009 John Carle None Released from contract
March 9, 2009 Brad Bradley Ryan Braddock Released from contract
March 9, 2009 Nick Cvjetkovich Kizarny
Sinn Bowdee
Requested release due to limited exposure
March 18, 2009 Travis Tomko Tysom Tomko Released from contract
March 31, 2009 Peter Senerchia Tazz Contract expired. Refused to re-sign. Joined TNA.
April 5, 2009 John Layfield John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL)
Blackjack Bradshaw
Justin Hawk
April 24, 2009 Wayne Coleman "Superstar" Billy Graham Released from WWE Legends contract after a fallout with Vince McMahon.
May 29, 2009 Ken Anderson Mr. Kennedy, Ken Kennedy Fired for botching and re-injuring himself in a match
June 8, 2009 Eddie Fatu Umaga, Jamal Released for his second violation in the company and for refusing to take a rehab drug test
June 8, 2009 Vickie Guerrero Vickie Guerrero Released so she could spend more time with her family.
June 19, 2009 Candice Michelle Candice Michelle Released while she was injured.
June 19, 2009 Jimmy Reiher, Jr. Deuce, Sim Snuka Released from contract.
July 30, 2009 Brian Kendrick The Brian Kendrick
Brian Kendrick
Asked for release because he was unhappy with his place in the company. Now 205 Live.
August 28, 2009 Jeff Hardy Left to take time off to heal various injuries; later joined TNA.
October 20, 2009 Nigel McGuinness Initial deal fell through; decided to join TNA.
November 24, 2009 Lauren C. Mayhew Lauren Mayhew Contract was not renewed after the two parties failed to negotiate for a long-term contract.


Release date Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
January 4, 2010 Thomas Laughlin Tommy Dreamer Released from contract, later joined TNA.
January 17, 2010 Eric Perez Eric Escobar
Eric Perez
Storyline didn't go as planned.
February 26, 2010 Maria Kanellis Maria Requested release so she could pursue a music career.

Moved to ROH & TNA, NJPW

February 26, 2010 Gregory Helms The Hurricane
Hurricane Helms
Requested release because he was unhappy with WWE's current creative direction.
February 26, 2010 Paul Burchill Paul Burchill Released from contract
March 28, 2010 Michael Hickenbottom Shawn Michaels Retired. Michaels appeared on RAW the following night after his loss against Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI to say goodbye.
April 22, 2010 Mickie James Mickie James Released due to weight issues

Moved to TNA

April 22, 2010 Katarina Waters Katie Lea Burchill Released from contract

Moved to TNA as Winter

April 22, 2010 Shelton Benjamin Shelton Benjamin Released from contract
April 22, 2010 Shoichi Funaki Kung Fu Naki
Left to open a wrestling school.
April 22, 2010 Ray Gordy Slam Master J
Jesse Dalton
Ray Geezy
Released from contract
April 22, 2010 James Carson Yun Jimmy Wang Yang Released from contract
April 24, 2010 Michael Shawn Hettinga Mike Knox Released from contract
May 1, 2010 Anthony White Tony Atlas Released from contract
May 22, 2010 Carlos Edwin "Carly" Colón, Jr. Carlito Released due to violation of the WWE Wellness Program
May 24, 2010 Dave Bautista Batista Requested a departure because he didn't like the direction of the WWE, and wouldn't be returning any time soon.
June 11, 2010 Bryan Danielson Daniel Bryan Released after a segment where he choked ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie was deemed too violent for WWE programming; was re-hired a month later.
June 21, 2010 Mike Jones Virgil Storyline ended; he was no longer needed.
June 23, 2010 Angela Fong Savannah
Miss Angela
Released due to inactivity after the ECW brand was discontinued.
August 15, 2010 Lou D'Angeli Lou E. Dangerously
Sign Guy Dudley
Contract expired
August 24, 2010 Serena Deeb Serena Released from contract due to Visa issues.
September 27, 2010 Chris Irvine Chris Jericho Decided to take time off to tour with his band Fozzy and so he could appear on the TV show Dancing With The Stars.
October 13, 2010 Brittany Beede Jamie Keyes Released from contract
October 17, 2010 Matt Hardy Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy Version 1.0
Released from contract after management sent him home during a tour of Europe. Later joined TNA.
November 2010 Bret Hart Contract expired.
November 19, 2010 Shad Gaspard Shad Gaspard Released from developmental contract.
November 19, 2010 Aaron Mahoney Aaron "Goose" Mahoney Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Drew Hankinson Luke Gallows
Festus Dalton
Freakin' Deacon
Released from contract due to lack of an angle for his character.
November 19, 2010 Jillian Fletcher Jillian Hall Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Taryn Terrell Tiffany Released from contract.

Moved to TNA as her real name.

November 19, 2010 Chris Pavone Caylen Croft Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Lance Hoyt Vance Archer

Released from contract due to inactivity.

December 2, 2010 Alvin Burke, Jr. MVP (Montel Vontavious Porter) Requested and received his release.
December 23, 2010 Brandon Silvestry Kaval Requested release due to the hectic travel schedule.


February 3, 2011 Dave Finlay Finlay Retired
April 15, 2011 Adam Copeland Edge Decided to retire after he was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis; was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship.
May 1, 2011 Michelle McCool Michelle McCool Retired
June 13, 2011 Tyrone Evans Michael Tarver
Tyson Tarver
Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 Chris Mordetzky Chris Masters Released from contract
August 5, 2011 Melina Perez Melina Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 Oleg Prudius Vladimir Kozlov Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 David Hart Smith David Hart Smith
DH Smith
Released from contract, wanted to wrestle in Japan.
August 8, 2011 Jonathan Emminger Lucky Cannon
Johnny Prime
August 23, 2011 Todd Grisham Todd Grisham Left WWE to pursue other interests.
September 29, 2011 James Maritato Nunzio Released from contract.
September 30, 2011 Gail Kim Gail Kim Requested and received release.

Returned to TNA

October 28, 2011 Maryse Ouellet Maryse Released after two months of inactivity; she was also allegedly being stalked at WWE live events.
November 28, 2011 John Hennigan Johnny Nitro

John Morrison

Released from contract.


April 30, 2012 Brianna Garcia Brie Bella Released from contract
April 30, 2012 Nicole Garcia Nikki Bella Released from contract
May 6, 2012 Dustin Runnels Goldust, Dustin Rhodes Released from contract
July 25, 2012 Kia Stevens Kharma Released from contract
June 28, 2012 Karlee Perez Maxine Released from contract
September 28, 2012 Barbie Blank Kelly Kelly After months of inactivity; requested and received release.
October 29, 2012 Elizabeth Carolan Beth Phoenix Released from contract


January 14, 2013 Eve Torres Eve Torres Released from contract
May 17, 2013 Michael Hutter Derrick Bateman Released from contract.

Moved to TNA as Ethan Carter (EC3).

May 17, 2013 Kazma Sakamoto  Released from developmental contract.
May 17, 2013 Nick McNeil Percy Watson Released from contract.
June 20, 2013 Matthew Kaye Matt Striker His contract was not renewed.
September 1, 2013 Theodore DiBiase, Jr. Ted DiBiase, Jr. Decided not to renew his contract


January 8, 2014 Celeste Bonin Kaitlyn Retired
June 12, 2014 Drew Galloway Drew McIntyre Released from contract.

Moved to TNA as his real name.

June 12, 2014 Yuvraj Raj Dhesi Jinder Mahal Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Živilė Raudonienė Aksana Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Brian Myers Curt Hawkins Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Theodore Long Theodore Long Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Tevita Fifita Camacho Released from contract
June 12, 2014 George Murdoch Brodus Clay Released from contract

Moved to TNA as Tyrus.

June 12, 2014 Matthew Joseph Korklan Evan Bourne Released from contract after years of inactivity
June 12, 2014 Naofumi Yamamoto Yoshi Tatsu Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Marc Harris Marc Harris Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Jayson Paul JTG Released from contract
June 15, 2014 Phillip Brooks CM Punk Contract was terminated after walking out of WWE due to creative differences and personal health issues
June 25, 2014 Josh Lomberger Josh Matthews Released from contract
July 30, 2014 Jesús Rodríguez Ricardo Rodriguez Released from contract
August 7, 2014 Alberto Rodríguez Alberto Del Rio Fired after physically assaulting a backstage employee
August 26, 2014 Robert Szatkowski Rob Van Dam Decided not to renew his contract
October 11, 2014 Justin Jason Roberts Justin Roberts Released


January 24, 2015 Paul Lloyd, Jr. Justin Gabriel Quit under contract
February 28, 2015 Oscar Gutierrez Rey Mysterio Contract expired. Went to AAA
April 3, 2015 Joe Robinson CJ Parker Requested and received his release
April 3, 2015 April Brooks AJ Lee Retired
July 29, 2015 Layla El Barrami Layla El Retired
November 13, 2015 Monty Sopp Billy Gunn Released from contract


February 5, 2016 James Smith Bull Dempsey Released from contract
February 5, 2016 Pierre Marceau Marcus Louis Released from contract
February 5, 2016 Thomas La Ruffa Sylvester LeFort Released from contract
February 8, 2016 Bryan Danielson Daniel Bryan Retired.
April 27, 2016 Rich Bocchini Rich Brennan Released from contract
April 29, 2016 Arda Ocal Kyle Edwards Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Anthony Carelli Santino Marella Retired in 2014.

Released from contract

May 6, 2016 Ariane Andrew Cameron Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Wayne Maurice Keown Zeb Colter Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Mascarita Dorada El Torito Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Kevin Robert Kiley, Jr. Alex Riley Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Dylan Postl Hornswoggle Released from contract

Move to TNA as Swoggle.

May 6, 2016 Stuart Bennett King Barrett Released from contract
May 6, 2016 Aaron Haddad Damien Sandow Released from contract.

Move to TNA as Aron Rex.

May 21, 2016 Cody Runnels Cody Rhodes,
Requested and received release.

Move to TNA & ROH as Cody.

May 23, 2016 Raymond Leppan Adam Rose Requested and received release
May 24, 2016 Brandi Runnels Eden Stiles Requested and received release.

Move to TNA as Brandi Rhodes.

August 8, 2016 Ryan Reeves Ryback Released from contract
August 22, 2016 Mark LoMonaco Bubba Ray Dudley Requested and received release
August 22, 2016 Devon Hughes D-Von Dudley Requested and received release
August 30, 2016 Alberto Rodríguez Alberto Del Rio Requested and received release

Move to TNA as Alberto El Patrón.


February 13, 2017 Milena Roucka Rosa Mendes Retired
February 27, 2017 Kenneth Doane Kenny Released
February 27, 2017 Michael Brendli Mikey Released
March 1, 2017 Jacob Hager Jack Swagger Requested release
April 5, 2017 Seth Lesser Simon Gotch Released
April 25,2017 Andrea Ocampo Andrea D'Marco Released
April 25, 2017 Christopher Atkins Chris Atkins Released
April 23rd, 2017 Yoshihiro Tajiri Tajiri No Longer with WWE, Returned to Japaneses independent circuit.
July 7th, 2017 Daniel Solwold Jr Austin Aries Released
August 3rd, 2017 Wong Lun HoHo Lun Released
August 4th, 2017 Natalie Coyle Eva Marie Released
October 29th, 2017 Frederick Douglas Rosser III Darren Young Released
October 29th, 2017 Tenille Averil Dashwood Emma Released
October 29th, 2017 Danielle Louise Moinet Summer Rae Released
November 15th, 2017 James Ellsworth Morris James Ellsworth Released


January 23rd,


Eric Arndt Enzo Amore Released from contract; While Cruiserweight Champion after sexual assault Allegations.
February 15th,


Richard Allen Swann Rich Swann Released
April 9, 2018 Saraya-Jade Bevis Paige Retired.
June 19, 2018 William Morrissey Big Cass Released
August 24, 2018 Benjamin Satterly Neville Released from contract
Septemer 18, 2018 Amanpreet Singh Randhawa Mahabali Shera Released
December 14, 2018 Mikey Nicholls Nick Miller Requested and received release.


February 22, 2019 Ronald Arneill Tye Dillinger Requested and recieved release.
Kenta Kobayashi Hideo Itami Requested and recieved release.
Theodore Perkins TJP Released from contract.

Died while under contract[]

Date of Death Real Name Ring Name(s) Notes
November 22, 1954 Roderick McMahon Jess McMahon He promoted until his death.
June 11, 1976 Toots Mondt Toots Mondt Died after a long illness.
July 4, 1994 Joey Marella Joey Marella Died after he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashed.
October 5, 1997 Brian Pillman Brian Pillman A previously undetected heart condition led to his death.
May 23, 1999 Owen Hart Owen Hart, The Blue Blazer Fell to his death while being lowered to the ring from the catwalk of the Kemper Arena at Over The Edge.
October 6, 1999 Robert Marella Gorilla Monsoon Died of heart failure after being ill. He was given lifetime employment.
November 13, 2005 Eddie Guerrero Eddie Guerrero Died of an acute heart failure, caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
June 25, 2007 Chris Benoit Chris Benoit Death ruled a double murder-suicide after he killed his wife and child.
November 2, 2007 Lillian Ellison Fabulous Moolah Possibly a heart attack or blood clot related to a recent shoulder replacement surgery.
June 11, 2015 Virgil Runnels Jr. Dusty Rhodes Died from stomach cancer.