The year 2015 saw 13 releases, none bigger than Rey Mysterio. Despite his great merchandise sales, the WWE decided to not renew Mysterio’s contract when it expired. Today, Mysterio is working for AAA Wrestling in Mexico and in addition to this, Rey recently signed a deal to join Lucha Underground. Mysterio is scheduled to debut with the company during the second season. In the meanwhile, Rey is working on the independent circuit. It remains to be seen if and when Mysterio will return to the WWE. One thing’s for sure, the door on a return is definitely not closed.
For these other 13 other recently released WWE superstars, the road is not so simple. Some opted to leave the WWE to build their character further, while others were caught off guard by being released from the company.
How did these wrestlers bounce back from their releases or retirements? Let’s now find out. Here are 13 recently released WWE Superstars: Where are they now?
13 Zahra Schreiber: Wrestles for Dreamwave Wrestling
12 Layla: Retired
11 CJ Parker: New Japan Pro Wrestling
Many were shocked to find out that CJ Parker had asked for a release from the WWE’s developmental brand after a four year run with the company. Parker decided to leave the developmental brand based on a decision to grow as a performer and travel the world the old fashion way. Following his release, Parker hit the independent scene for a little while. He later signed a part time deal with New Japan Wrestling on August 24th, 2015. On October 11th, New Japan Wrestling announced that Parker would be staying with the company on a full time basis. Parker is now wrestling under the name of Juice Robinson.
10 Bill DeMott: Podcast Host
9 Original Sin Cara: Lucha Libre Elite Promotion
Mistico played the original Sin Cara from January 30th, 2011, till March 26th, 2014. The original Sin Cara blamed his failed stint on the WWE’s unwillingness to accept his Mexican wrestling style. He was later replaced by Hunico, who is currently playing the gimmick of Sin Cara.
8 Ricardo Rodriguez: Trainer at The Great Khali’s Wrestling School
7 Cal Bishop: Recovering From Injury
6 Devin Taylor: Promotional Work
On October 9th, 2015, Devin Taylor was released from her contract with the WWE. Like Cal Bishop, injuries continued to be a concern with Devin. Her departure and release from the company was exposed during an episode of WWE’s Breaking Ground. It remains to be seen what’s next for Taylor. She also has experience as a model, modelling for NASCAR and appearing in commercials for Hewlett-Packard.
5 Solomon Crowe: Independent Wrestling Circuit
After signing a deal with the WWE in 2012, many believed that Solomon Crowe would have a bright future with the WWE. Surprisingly, his character went nowhere for three years with WWE’s developmental brand NXT. On November 24th, Crowe decided it was time to move on and earn his stripes elsewhere requesting a release from the company.
4 Jim Duggan: Global Force Wrestling
3 Justin Gabriel: Lucha Underground
2 AJ Brooks: Author
1 Hulk Hogan: Promotional Work
Following his controversial release from the WWE, Hulk Hogan made the safe decision to lay low for a little while. Considering some time has passed, Hulk is now beginning to be a little more active. Hogan is currently involved with a fantasy sports company called Fan Picks. Hulk has been promoting this company quite aggressively through his social media outlets. It still remains to be seen when Hogan will return to the world of wrestling.
Sources: theguardian.com, inquisitr.com, bleacherreport.com, wwe.com, thesportster.com
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