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WWE stunned fans today with the announcement of a number of talent releases including Samoa Joe, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.

In a statement to their website today, WWE said, “WWE has come to terms on the release of Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Bo Dallas and Wesley Blake as of today April 15, 2021. We wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

The news of today’s releases comes a year to the day after WWE made headlines for a mass number of releases of talent and other backstage figures that is now know as “Black Wednesday.” Sean Ross Sapp of Fighful.com reports that, “[WWE Head of Talent Relations] John Laurinaitis has been making the calls to talent and citing budget cuts as the reason for the WWE releases.”

Wrestling Twitter had a lot of thoughts and opinions on these releases and what the future holds for these wrestlers. Shortly after the news broke, “Samoa Joe” became the number one trend on Twitter. Here are some notable comments from fans, wrestling media and other wrestlers.

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