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






  • Fred Blassie - Retired from wrestling to focus on being a manager.







World Wrestling Federation era


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
1980 Ernie Ladd
1980 Wild Bill White
1981 Larry Zbyszko
1981 Moondog King
1982 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
1982 Moondog Cujo
1982 Moondog Rover Released
1983 Tatsumi Fujinami Left the WWF after he lost the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship in order to resume wrestling in Japan.
1983 Masa Saito Released
1983 Moondog Spike
1984 Stan Hansen
1984 Bobo Brazil
1984 "Bulldog" Buzz Sawyer
1984 Mikel Scicluna Retired
1984 Ray Stevens
1985 Mad Maxine
1985 Dick Murdoch Left company after he and Adrian Adonis lost the World Tag Team Championship.
1985 The Missing Link
1985 Johnny Rodz
1985 Buddy Rose
1985 Wendi Richter
1985 "Dr. D" David Schultz Released after incident with reporter John Stossel.
1985 Cyndi Lauper Left because it became an increasing distraction to her musical ambitions.
1986 Dory Funk, Jr.
1986 Uncle Elmer
1987 Little Tokyo
1987 Ivan Putski
1987 Moondog Rex, Demolition Smash Left when his plan to compete as Smash of Demolition fell through.
March 31, 1987 Little Beaver Ended career after he suffered a back injury in a match with King Kong Bundy.
1987 The Haiti Kid
1987 Corporal Kirchner He failed a drug test and was suspended. Afterwards, Kirchner decided not to return.
1987 Moondog Spot
1987 Pedro Morales He took a job as part of WWF's Spanish announce team before retiring.
1987 Barry Orton
1987 Debbie Combs
1987 Lord Littlebrook
1987 Blackjack Mulligan
June 1987 Tom Zenk Contract dispute.
July 4, 1987 Adrian Adonis
1988 Sika
1988 Dynamite Kid
1988 Craig DeGeorge
July 21, 1988 B. Brian Blair Left due to unfulfilled promises to win the Tag Team titles never came to fruition.
September 22, 1988 S.D. Jones
1988 Tama, The Tonga Kid
1988 Billy Jack Haynes
1988 Oliver Humperdink
1988 The Crusher
1988 Velvet McIntyre Left company after the dissolution of the Women's division.
1988 Paul Orndorff
1988 Ken Patera
1988 The Baron
1988 Junkyard Dog
1988 Bruno Sammartino Contract expired.
1988 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 Leilani Kai
1988 Sam Houston
1988 Superstar Billy Graham
1988 Outback Jack
1988 Noriyo Tateno
April 1988 Butch Reed
August 1988 Don Muraco
1989 Tully Blanchard Was fired after failing a random drug test.
1989 Scott Casey
1989 Frenchy Martin
1989 "Outlaw" Ron Bass
1989 Missy Hyatt
1989 Big John Studd
1989 Killer Khan
1989 Harley Race
1989 Rockin' Robin
1989 Siva Afi
December 1989 Zeus


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
1990 Ronnie Garvin Released from contract.
1990 Bad News Brown Left due to claims that Vince McMahon failed to live up to promises.
1990 Ax, Super Machine Health problems.
1990 One Man Gang, Akeem Released from contract.
1990 Hector Guerrero, Gobbledy Gooker Gimmick Failed
1990 Jesse Ventura Left to pursue other interests.
1990 Al Perez Budget cut.
1990 Sapphire Storyline ended, was no longer needed
1990 The Honky Tonk Man Released after mutual decision. Lawsuit with McMahon followed regarding owning the HTM name/gimmick.
1991 Battle Kat, Brady Boone Budget cut.
1991 Big Bully Busick Retired from wrestling.
1991 Tony Atlas Gimmick did not go as planned. 
1991 Paul Roma Released from contract.
1991 Carlos Colón Retired from wrestling.
1991 Boris Zhukov
1991 The Duke of Dorchester
1991 Black Bart
1991 Tenryu
1991 Kitao
1991 Andre the Giant, The Giant Machine Retired because he was too ill to continue wrestling.
1991 The Coach
1992 Kerry Von Erich, Texas Tornado Fired after failing random drug test.
1992 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 Miss Elizabeth Left the WWF shortly after her divorce from Randy Savage.
1992 General Adnan, Billy White Wolf
1992 Jamison
1992 Mike McGuirk Left the WWF after refusing to pose for Penthouse magazine. 
1992 Jimmy Snuka
1992 The Warlord Wanted to compete on the independent circuit.
1992 Tanaka
1992 Greg Valentine
January 1992 Dino Bravo Retired from wrestling.
December 1992 Nailz Reportedly released after he attacked Vince McMahon over a dispute over money.
1993 Konnan, 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
1993 Beau Beverly Went into semi-retirement. 
1993 Hulk Hogan Left the WWF by mutual agreement; decided to pursue other interests.
1993 Paul Diamond, Kato, Max Moon His contract was not renewed. 
1993 Jim Brunzell
1993 Smash, Repo Man
1993 Blake Beverly Later went to WCW
1993 Giant Gonzales Contract expired. 
1993 Jimmy Hart Left after McMahon wanted him to take a 50% pay cut.
1993 Bobby Heenan Left after McMahon wanted him to take a 50% pay cut.
1993 Lance Cassidy
1993 Slick, Reverend Slick Left to concentrate on preaching in his church.
1993 Brutus Beefcake Left to go to WCW.
1993 Sean Mooney Contract expired. 
1993 The Berzerker, The Viking
1993 Doink the Clown (#1), Matt Borne Fired for constant drug abuse.
1993 The Genius, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo
1993 Sensational Sherri Fired for not passing a drug test
1993 Jerry Sags Left with partner for WCW.
1993 Tito Santana, El Matador Went to ECW
1993 Damien Demento
1993 Brian Knobbs Left with partner for WCW.
1994 Ludvig Borga Retired due to injury
1994 Kamala
1994 Bruce Hart Retired
1994 Keith Hart
1994 Heidi Lee Morgan
1994 Typhoon, Tugboat
1994 Rick Steiner Left after Vince didn't follow through with his promises.
1994 Bastion Booger, Friar Ferguson
1994 Koko B. Ware
November 1994 Randy Savage Left to go to WCW
1995 Afa
1995 Samu Left due to excessive travel schedule.
1995 Lou Albano Retired.
1995 Bam Bam Bigelow Left due to problems with the Clique.
1995 Charlie Hunter
1995 Steven Dunn
1995 Dink the Clown, Tiger Jackson
1995 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 Mo
1995 Virgil
1995 Stan Lane Went into semi-retirement. 
1995 Doink the Clown #2
1995 Dan Marsh, Danny Davis
1995 Dean Douglas, Shane Douglas Quit after backstage problems with The Clique.
1995 Alundra Blayze Released after talking to WCW under contract.
1995 King Kong Bundy Left after feeling his return wasn't as successful as his first WWF run.
1995 Nikolai Volkoff Went into semi-retirement.
1995 Man Mountain Rock, Maxx Payne Released due to his growing drug abuse problems. 
1995 Jimmy Del Ray
1995 The Italian Stallion
1995 Sato, Shinja
1995 Chief Jay Strongbow
1995 Waylon Mercy, Danny Spivey Retired after being injured in a match with Kevin Nash.
1995 Jack Tunney Retired.
1995 The Barbarian, Sionne
1995 Rick Martel
1995 Bill Watts Had many conflicts with Vince McMahon.
1995 Timothy Well
September 1, 1995 Lex Luger, The Narcissist Signed with WCW, breaking his promise to Vince McMahon that he would stay.
January 1996 Buddy Landel Left after an injury sustained in a match with Bret Hart.
November 1996 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 Skip Didn't like his gimmick. He quit.
1996 Uncle Zebekiah Returned later as Zeb Colter
1996 Duke The Dumpster Droese Requested his release because the excessive touring was starting to take its toll.
1996 Travis
1996 Mr. Fuji Left due to excessive travel schedule and knee problems.
1996 Terry Gordy, The Executioner Released from contract.
1996 Bushwhacker Butch Released from contract.
1996 Louie Spicolli Released after suffering severe seizures from a drug overdose.
1996 Hakushi
1996 The Ultimate Warrior Contract was terminated after several no-shows.
1996 Troy Released from contract.
1996 Bushwhacker Luke Released from contract.
1997 TL Hopper, Uncle Cletus
1997 Rene Goulet
1997 Scott Putski
1997 Razor Ramon (Fake) Gimmick failed.
1997 J.C. Ice
1997 Sycho Sid, Sid Justice
1997 The Honky Tonk Man Released after mutual agreement with the WWF. Wanted to pursue Indy bookings.
1997 Doug Furnas
1997 Bobby Fulton
1997 Barry Horowitz
1997 The Goon
1997 Phil Lafon
1997 Clarence Mason Released from contract.
1997 The Great Sasuke
1997 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
1997 Jake Roberts Released after failing drug tests.
1997 "Ravishing" Rick Rude Left for WCW.
1997 The Commandant
1997 Iron Sheik, Col. Mustafa
1997 Wolfie D
January 1997 Jose Lothario
November 1997 Bret Hart Left after the Montreal Screwjob.
December 1997 Jim Neidhart Left WWF a month after the Montreal Screwjob.
1998 Brakkus
1998 Yokozuna He was unable to pass a physical required for professional wrestlers and was released.
1998 Tom Brandi, Salvatore Sincere Left company after months of not being pushed.
1998 Violent J Left company after Vince McMahon refused to air Insane Clown Posse commercials on WWF programming.
1998 The Jackyl
1998 Tennessee Lee
1998 Mantaur, Tank
1998 Road Warrior Hawk Left after a strong dislike to his current storyline.
1998 Chainz, (Evil) Undertaker Released from contract.
1998 Babu
1998 Ahmed Johnson Released after his wrestling style had begun to cause injury to his opponents.
1998 Mens Teioh
1998 Sniper
1998 Savio Vega, Kwang Released from contract.
1998 Dick Togo
1998 Shaggy 2 Dope Left company after Vince McMahon refused to air Insane Clown Posse commercials on WWF programming.
1998 Yamaguchi-San Quietly left.
May 1998 Sunny, Tamara Murphy Left the WWF for ECW.
July 1998 Ricky Morton
August 1998 The Patriot
September 1998 Mrs. Yamaguchi-San
October 1998 Jesus Castillo
October 1998 Jose Estrada, Jr.
October 1998 Miguel Perez
October 25, 1998 Vader Left after contract expired.
1999 Conquistador Dos
1999 Johnny Grunge Was not received well by the rest of the WWF roster.
1999 Paul Ellering Retired.
1999 George Steele
1999 Rocco Rock Was not received well by the rest of the WWF roster.
1999 Bart Gunn, Bodacious Bart Released from contract.
1999 Ryan Shamrock Released from contract.
February 1999 Earthquake, Golga Oddities gimmick didn't go as planned.
April 1999 Don Harris, Jared Grimm, Jacob Blu, 8-Ball Released from contract.
April 1999 Ron Harris, Jason Grimm, Eli Blu, Skull Released from contract.
April 1999 Dan Severn Released from contract.
May 1999 Marc Mero Budget cut.
July 19, 1999 Nicole Bass Left after claiming she was sexually harassed.
September 1999 Marianna, Mrs. Cleavage Released from contract.
September 1999 Giant Silva Released from contract.
October 5, 1999 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 Contract expired. Mr. McMahon "forgot" to renew it.
November 1999 Kurrgan, The Interrogator Released in order to pursue an acting career.
November 1999 Ken Shamrock Left to resume his MMA career.

Early 2000s

Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
2000 Bob Backlund Released from contract.
2000 Rebecca Budig
2000 Gillberg Released from contract.
2000 Thrasher Retired
2000 Jason Sensation
January 2000 Jean Pierre LaFitte/Pierre Contract expired.
January 2000 The Mountie Released from contract.
February 2000 Luna Vachon Released from her contract due to allegedly taping the mouth of a producer shut.
March 2000 Mr. Hughes Released from contract.
May 30, 2000 The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith Had prescription drug problems.
June 2000 Barbara Bush (B.B.) Released from contract.
July 2000 Key Released from contract.
September 2000 Muffy Mower Released due to lack of storyline ideas for her character.
October 2000 Mideon, Phineas I. Godwinn, Dennis Knight Released from contract.
November 3, 2000 Mandy Released from contract.
December 2000 Road Dogg, Jesse James, Roadie Released after showing up for a Raw show in an "unfit work state" due to drug use.
December 2000 Bobcat Released from her contract.
2001 Sara Calaway Storyline ended; made brief appearances for WWE later.
2001 Jim Dotson Left to pursue other interest.
February 27, 2001 The Kat, Miss Kitty Released for behavior problems backstage.
June 2001 Joey Abs Released from contract. Later retired.
June 2001 Pete Gas Released from contract. Later retired.
June 2001 K-Kwik Mutually agreed on release due to lack of push. Returned as R-Truth
June 2001 Rodney Released from contract. Later retired.
July 2001 Just Joe Released from contract.
July 9, 2001 Buff Bagwell Released for unprofessional conduct.
August 2001 Chaz, Mosh, Beaver Cleavage Released from his contract.
September 2001 Tori Was asked to train more but refused and was released.
September 2001 Essa Rios Rumors say he refused to speak English.
September 24, 2001 Brian Adams, Crush Left WWF when he was asked to go to a developmental territory.
September 24, 2001 Bryan Clark, Adam Bomb Left WWF when he was asked to go to a developmental territory.
November 30, 2001 Chyna Sat out her contract after negotiations stalled around May 2001; her WWF contract ended November of that year.
2002 Raymond Rougeau Left when they stopped producing French programming.
2002 Billy Silverman Asked for release due to constant hazing.
April 2002 Taka Michinoku Left to go back to Japan after a serious shoulder injury.

World Wrestling Entertainment era


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
2002 Haku, King Tonga, King Haku Retired
2002 Jerry Lynn Released. Went To TNA.
May 7, 2002 Scott Hall, Razor Ramon Released for obscene behavior on a plane trip and for drug and alcohol related issues.
May 8, 2002 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.
July 2002 Tiger Ali Singh Released after a career-ending injury. Then attempted to sue the WWE.
August 25, 2002 X-Pac, 1-2-3 Kid, The Kid, Syxx Left WWE in a mutual decision.
September 7, 2002 Mike Awesome Released from contract.
September 27, 2002 Shawn Stasiak, Meat, Planet Stasiak Was fired after gimmick failed.
October 2002 Steve Blackman Retired due to injury.
October 2002 David Flair Released from developmental contract.
November 24, 2002 Diamond Dallas Page Left after a neck injury suffered in a match with Hardcore Holly.
November 24, 2002 Perry Saturn Retore his ACL in April. Was released before he could return.
December 5, 2002 The Godfather, The Goodfather, Kama Mustafa, Kama, Papa Shango Retired
January 2003 Bull Buchanan, Recon, B-2 Released from contract.
January 2003 Raven, Johnny Polo, Scotty Flamingo Left after a contract dispute.
February 14, 2003 D'Lo Brown Left to wrestle in Japan.
March 2003 Kevin Kelly Left to pursue other ventures.
March 2003 Debra Walked from WWE in 2002 following Stone Cold Steve Austin's departure, WWE did not announce this until 2003.
April 2003 Eric Angle Released from developmental contract.
May 2003 Rocky Johnson Released as a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling.
June 2003 Terry Taylor, Red Rooster Released after problems with other employees.
June 2003 Roddy Piper Released after he gave a controversial interview on HBO's Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel.
July 2003 Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hogan, Mr. America Contract expired. Left to star in both TV and movies.
July 1, 2003 Crash Holly, Crash Released on suspicion that he was using drugs.
December 6, 2003 Nathan Jones Requested release due to heavy travel schedule.
December 31, 2003 Kevin Nash, Diesel Left after contract expired.


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


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
2006 Terry Funk Was injured at One Night Stand and advised not to return.
January 2006 Elisabeth Rouffaer Left WWE because she didn't feel like wrestling was the right job for her.
January 6, 2006 Juventud Guerrera, Juventud Released for poor behavior backstage.
January 17, 2006 Heidenreich Released by WWE after taking time off for ear infection.
February 2006 Momma Benjamin Gimmick had ended, and was no longer needed.
February 10, 2006 Antonio Was released along with his tag partner Romeo.
February 10, 2006 Romeo Was released along with his tag partner Antonio.
February 13, 2006 Cowboy Bob Orton Was no longer needed.
February 22, 2006 James Dick Released due to alleged backstage incident with his tag team partner.
February 22, 2006 Chad Dick Released due to alleged backstage incident with his tag team partner.
March 9, 2006 Super Porky Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Octagoncito Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Piratita Morgan Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Tsuki Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Mascarita Sagrada, Max Mini Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 9, 2006 Pequeño Violencia Was released with entire Juniors Division.
March 21, 2006 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 Tyson Tomko Asked for release due to lack of role and storylines.
April 27, 2006 Palmer Canon Requested release after alleged hazing by other superstars.
May 26, 2006 Orlando Jordan He was allegedly released for having an unauthorized person with him on the road and backstage at events.
June 6, 2006 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 Goldust, Dustin Runnels Released because he missed a RAW show while attending to family problems in court without informing WWE officials. Llater returned.
June 29, 2006 Johnny Parisi Given release after only appearing on WWE Heat.
July 2006 Stacy Keibler, Super Stacy Let contract expire to pursue a modeling career.
August 25, 2006 Kurt Angle Granted an early release due to "personal reasons"/On the road a lot because of Live Eventd he was tired out because of the schedule, went to TNA
September 17, 2006 Trish Stratus Retired from wrestling.
September 27, 2006 Kid Kash Released due to "attitude problems"
September 28, 2006 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 Fired for no-showing and not contacting the office afterwards.
October 12, 2006 Francine Released from her contract.
October 12, 2006 Gunner Scott Released from developmental contract
October 26, 2006 "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase Budget Cut
November 1, 2006 Psicosis He was released following an arrest for allegedly stealing a car in Mexico.
November 26, 2006 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 Edge.
December 13, 2006 Amy Zidian Released from her contract because of attitude problems, allegedly with Stephanie McMahon.
December 15, 2006 Danny Doring Released from his contract.
2007 Paul Heyman Removed from his position in ECW on December 4, 2006. Heyman quietly left the company but later returned.
2007 Steve Romero Quietly left the company.
2007 Dr. Death Steve Williams Released from developmental duties
January 18, 2007 C.W. Anderson, Christopher W. Anderson Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Doug Basham Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Jazz Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Rodney Mack Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Gangrel Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Danny Basham Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Jake Gymini Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Jesse Gymini Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Tony Mamaluke Budget cut.
January 18, 2007 Sylvester Terkay Budget cut
January 19, 2007 Tatanka Budget cut.
January 20, 2007 Bill DeMott Budget cut. Not following expectations of WWE staff. Later returned as a trainer.
February 27, 2007 Test Requested release following 30 day suspension. Also believed to have failed a drug test.
March 22, 2007 Rebecca DiPietro Requested Release.
March 26, 2007 Joey Mercury Backstage Problems. Also had drug problems. Later returned.
May 11, 2007 Rob Conway Budget cut
May 11, 2007 Flash Funk, 2 Cold Scorpio Budget cut
May 15, 2007 Vito Budget cut
May 15, 2007 Sabu Backstage problems
May 18, 2007 Ariel Released from contract after backstage fight with Batista
May 18, 2007 Scotty 2 Hotty, Scott Taylor Budget Cut.
May 18, 2007 Mitch Budget Cut.
May 19, 2007 Henry O. Godwinn, Mark Canterbury Released from Developmental contract
June 22, 2007 Trinity Released from contract, was inactive.
June 30, 2007 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 Failed a drug test.
July 26, 2007 Rene Dupree Released due to drug related incident.
August 5, 2007 Eric Bischoff Contract expired.
August 6, 2007 Idol Stevens Requested release due to lack of storyline. Later returned as Damian Sandow
August 13, 2007 Sylvan, Sylvain Grenier Released due to an argument backstage over his canceled push.
August 22, 2007 Dan Rodman Released to pursue a separate career.
August 31, 2007 Simon Dean, Hollywood Nova Released due to his connection to an illegal pharmacy ring.
September 1,2007 Eugene Released after failing to come up with papers concerning his prescription medicine.
September 2, 2007 JTG Released due to altercation at house show with referees.
September 2, 2007 Shad Gaspard Released due to altercation at house show with referees.
September 11, 2007 The Sandman Requested early release
September 19, 2007 Marcus Cor Von Released due to personal reasons
October 13, 2007 Robert Gibson Released for not properly handling a heated confrontation between CM Punk and Tony Atlas.
October 16, 2007 Booker T, King Booker Granted release from contract following 60-Day Suspension; later went to TNA. Later returned.
October 16, 2007 Queen Sharmell, Sharmell Released along with her husband
October 16, 2007 Daivari Granted release from contract.
October 30, 2007 Kristal Rejected storyline to be Edge's girlfriend
November 1, 2007 Brooke Released from contract
November 8, 2007 Chris Masters Released from contract while serving 60 Day Suspension


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes !
January 2008 Anastasia Released from contract.
2008 Johnny Jeter Quietly released from the company.
February 4, 2008 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 Roadkill Released from his contract for selling un-authorised WWE merchandise.
February 7, 2008 Al Snow Released following WWE ending their affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling. Was under a wrestling trainer's contract.
April 28, 2008 Dave Taylor Released from contract.
April 28, 2008 Balls Mahoney Released from contract.
May 8, 2008 Torrie Wilson Requested release due to a back injury.
June 13, 2008 Mikey Released from contract.
July 3, 2008 Trevor Murdoch Contract expired. WWE decided not to renew it.
July 9, 2008 Ashley Massaro Requested release in order to care for her sick daughter.
August 3, 2008 Ric Flair Requested release.
August 3, 2008 Jonathan Coachman Left to work for ESPN.
August 7, 2008 Braden Walker Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 KC James, James Curtis Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Domino Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Shannon Moore Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Nunzio, Little Guido Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Nick Patrick Released from contract.
August 8, 2008 Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Stevie Richards Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Robbie McAllister Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Rory McAllister Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Wes Adams Released from contract.
August 15, 2008 Cherry Released from contract. Was rumored that she wasn't thin enough to be a diva.
August 15, 2008 Colin Delaney Released from contract.
September 1, 2008 Mick Foley, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind 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 Cade, Garrison Cade Released from contract after suffering a seizure on a plane and needing emergency medical care.
November 5, 2008 Super Crazy Requested release because he was unhappy with his position in the company.
November 7, 2008 Paul London Released from contract.
November 7, 2008 Chuck Palumbo Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Elijah Burke Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Kenny Dykstra Released from contract.
November 10, 2008 Lena Yada Released from contract.
November 18, 2008 Armando Alejandro Estrada Released from contract.
December 1, 2008 Brother Love Released from contract.
December 11, 2008 Gene Snitsky Released from contract.
December 31, 2008 Barry Windham Released from contract.


Release date Ring Name Notes !
January 9, 2009 Kevin Keenan Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Mike Kruel Released from developmental contract
January 9, 2009 D'Lo Brown Released from contract
January 9, 2009 Bam Neely Released from contract
January 9, 2009 Val Venis, The Big Valbowski, Sean Morley, Chief Morley Released from contract due to inactivity
January 9, 2009 Mordecai, Kevin Thorn Released from developmental contract
January 9, 2009 Tim White Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Jim Korderas Budget cut
January 9, 2009 Mike Posey Budget cut
January 10, 2009 Gavin Spears Budget cut
January 13, 2009 Sgt. Slaughter Budget cut
January 13, 2009 Ron Simmons, Faarooq Budget cut
January 14, 2009 Mickie Henson Budget cut
January 14, 2009 Matt Cappotelli Budget cut
January 15, 2009 Hade Vansen Released from contract
January 16, 2009 Victoria Retired. Stated that WWE wasn't giving her anything creative with storylines
January 16, 2009 Hardcore Holly, Bob Holly, Bombastic Bob, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg Released from contract
February 20, 2009 Scotty Goldman Released from contract
February 22, 2009 Freddie Prinze, Jr. Granted release
February 24, 2009 Manu Released from contract
March 4, 2009 The Boogeyman Released from contract
March 5, 2009 John Carle Released from contract
March 9, 2009 Ryan Braddock Released from contract
March 9, 2009 Kizarny, Sinn Bowdee Requested release due to limited exposure
March 18, 2009 Tyson Tomko Released from contract
March 31, 2009 Tazz Contract expired. Refused to re-sign. Joined TNA.
April 5, 2009 John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL), Bradshaw, Blackjack Bradshaw, Justin Hawk Retired
April 24, 2009 Superstar Billy Graham Released from WWE Legends contract after a fallout with Vince McMahon.
May 29, 2009 Mr. Kennedy, Ken Kennedy Fired for botching and re-injuring himself in a match
June 8, 2009 Umaga, Jamal Released for his second violation in the company and for refusing to take a rehab drug test
June 8, 2009 Vickie Guerrero Released so she could spend more time with her family.
June 19, 2009 Candice Michelle Released while she was injured.
June 19, 2009 Deuce, Sim Snuka Released from contract.
July 30, 2009 Brian Kendrick, Spanky Asked for release because he was unhappy with his place in the company.
August 28, 2009 Jeff Hardy Left to take time off to heal various injuries; later joined TNA.
November 24, 2009 Lauren Mayhew Contract was not renewed after the two parties failed to negotiate for a long-term contract.


Release date Ring Name(s) Notes
January 4, 2010 Tommy Dreamer Released from contract, later joined TNA.
January 17, 2010 Eric Escobar Storyline didn't go as planned.
February 26, 2010 Maria Requested release so she could pursue a music career.
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 Released from contract
March 28, 2010 Shawn Michaels Retired. Michaels appeared on RAW the following night after his loss against The Undertaker at WWE WrestleMania 26 to say goodbye.
April 22, 2010 Mickie James Released due to weight issues
April 22, 2010 Katie Lea Burchill Released from contract
April 22, 2010 Shelton Benjamin Released from contract
April 22, 2010 Funaki, Kung Fu Naki Left to open a wrestling school.
April 22, 2010 Slam Master J, Jesse, Jesse Dalton, Ray Geezy Released from contract
April 22, 2010 Jimmy Wang Yang Released from contract
April 24, 2010 Mike Knox Released from contract
May 1, 2010 Tony Atlas Released from contract
May 22, 2010 Carlito Released due to violation of the WWE Wellness Program
May 24, 2010 Batista Requested a departure because he didn't like the direction of the WWE, and wouldn't be returning any time soon. He returned in 2014.
June 11, 2010 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 Virgil Storyline ended; he was no longer needed.
June 23, 2010 Savannah Released due to inactivity after the ECW brand was discontinued.
August 15, 2010 Lou E. Dangerously, Sign Guy Dudley Contract expired
August 24, 2010 Serena Released from contract due to Visa issues.
September 27, 2010 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. He later returned.
October 13, 2010 Jamie Keyes Released from contract
October 17, 2010 Matt Hardy 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 Released from developmental contract.
November 19, 2010 Aaron Goose Mahoney Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Luke Gallows, Festus Released from contract due to lack of an angle for his character.
November 19, 2010 Jillian Hall Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Tiffany Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Caylen Croft Released from contract
November 19, 2010 Vance Archer

Released from contract due to inactivity.

December 2, 2010 Montel Vontavious Porter Requested and received his release.
December 23, 2010 Kaval Requested release due to the hectic travel schedule.


February 3, 2011 Finlay Retired
April 15, 2011 Edge Decided to retire after he was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis; was forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
May 1, 2011 Michelle McCool Retired
June 13, 2011 Michael Tarver Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 Chris Masters Released from contract
August 5, 2011 Melina Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 Vladimir Kozlov Released from contract.
August 5, 2011 David Hart Smith Released from contract, wanted to wrestle in Japan.
August 8, 2011 Lucky Cannon Johnny Prime Released.
August 23, 2011 Todd Grisham Left WWE to pursue other interests.
September 29, 2011 Nunzio Released from contract.
September 30, 2011 Gail Kim Requested and received release.
October 28, 2011 Maryse Released after two months of inactivity; she was also allegedly being stalked at WWE live events.


April 30, 2012 Brie Bella Released from contract - Later Returned
April 30, 2012 Nikki Bella Released from contract - Later Returned
May 6, 2012 Goldust, Dustin Rhodes Released from contract - Later Returned
July 25, 2012 Kharma Released from contract
June 28, 2012 Maxine Released from contract
September 28, 2012 Kelly Kelly After months of inactivity; requested and received release.
October 29, 2012 Beth Phoenix Released from contract


January 14, 2013 Eve Torres Released from contract
May 17, 2013 Derrick Bateman Released from contract.
May 17, 2013 Sakamoto Released from developmental contract.
May 17, 2013 Percy Watson Released from contract.
June 20, 2013 Matt Striker His contract was not renewed.
September 1, 2013 Ted DiBiase, Jr. Decided not to renew his contract


January 8, 2014 Kaitlyn Retired
June 12, 2014 Drew McIntyre Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Jinder Mahal Released from contract. Returned to Raw August 1 2016
June 12, 2014 Aksana Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Curt Hawkins Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Theodore Long Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Camacho Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Brodus Clay Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Evan Bourne Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Yoshi Tatsu Released from contract
June 12, 2014 Marc Harris Released from contract
June 12, 2014 JTG Released from contract
June 15, 2014 CM Punk Contract was terminated 
June 25, 2014 Josh Matthews Released from contract
July 30, 2014 Ricardo Rodriguez Released from contract
August 7, 2014 Alberto Del Rio Released from contract. Returned to WWE on October 25 2015.
October 11, 2014 Justin Roberts Released


January 24, 2015 Justin Gabriel Quit under contract
February 28, 2015 Rey Mysterio Released
April 3, 2015 CJ Parker Released
April 3, 2015 AJ Lee Retired
November 13, 2015 Billy Gunn Released from his Trainers position after an external positive drug test.
November 25, 2015 Brad Maddox Released after an inappropriate promo at SmackDown Tapings.


February 5 2016 Bull Dempsey Released from NXT
February 5 2016 Marcus Louis Released from NXT
February 5 2016 Sylvester Lefort Released from NXT
April 28 2016 Rich Brennan Released from Contract
May 6 2016 Damian Sandow Released from Contract
May 6 2016 Wade Barrett Contract dissolved one month prior to expiring
May 6 20166 Santino Marella Retired previously but only just released from Contract
May 6 2016 Hornswoggle Released from Contract after being inactive
May 6 20166 Cameron Released from Contract
May 6 2016 El Torito Released from Contract
May 6 2016 Zeb Colter Released from Contract
May 6 2016 Alex Riley Released from Contract
May 22 2016 Cody Rhodes / Stardust Asked for his release
May 23 2016 Adam Rose Asked for his release after being arrested
May 24 2016 Eden Asked for her release
August 1 2016 Lilian Garcia Left on good terms
September 9 2016 Alberto Del Rio Released



  • January 23 2018 - Enzo Amore - Released after Rape charges were filed.
  • February 15 2018 - Rich Swann - Released after mutual agreement, Went to Impact Wrestling.
  • June 19 2018 - Big Cass - Released after going off script


  • January 29 2019 - Hideo Itami - Requested Release, Returned to Japan.
  • February 23 2019 - TJP - Requested Release went to Impact Wrestling.
  • February 23 2019 - Tye Dillinger - Requested Release, went to AEW.
  • February 23 2019 - Arn Anderson - Previously an Agent and Producer.
  • April 28 2019 - Dean Ambrose - Allowed contract to expire. Did not re-sign, went to AEW.
  • April 28 2019 - Goldust - Requested Release.
  • July 12 2019 - Rhyno - Did not renew his contract.
  • December 8 2019 - Konnor - Released From contract
  • December 8 2019 - Viktor - Released From contract
  • December 8 2019 - Sin Cara / Hunico - Requested Release
  • December 8 2019 - Luke Harper - Requested Release


Died while under contract

Date of Death Ring Name(s) Notes
November 22, 1954 Jess McMahon He promoted until his death.
June 11, 1976 Toots Mondt Died after a long illness.
July 4, 1994 Joey Marella Died after he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashed.
October 5, 1997 Brian Pillman A previously undetected heart condition led to his death.
May 23, 1999 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 Gorilla Monsoon Died of heart failure after being ill. He was given lifetime employment.
November 13, 2005 Eddie Guerrero Died of an acute heart failure, caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
June 25, 2007 Chris Benoit Death ruled a double murder-suicide after he killed his wife and child.
November 2, 2007 The Fabulous Moolah Possibly a heart attack or blood clot related to a recent shoulder replacement surgery.

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