WWE has come to terms on the release of Vladimir Kozlov as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Vladimir the best in all of his future endeavors.
WWE has come to terms on the release of Melina Perez as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Melina the best in all of her future endeavors.
WWE has come to terms on the release of Chris Masters as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Chris the best in all of his future endeavors.
WWE has come to terms on the release of David Hart Smith as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes David the best in all of his future endeavors.
Bummer. I hate seeing anyone lose their job, but Chris Masters is especially heartbreaking. Here's a guy, who clearly had some problems during his last run with WWE, got released and came back better than he ever was before. My Fair to Flair cohort, Jason Mann, would even go so far as to call him one of the ten best performers in WWE today and honestly, I don't think I'd disagree.
Fans are understandably upset and sadly doing the typical internet reaction thing. "WHAT MELINA RELEASED BUT THE BELLAS HAVE JOBS!?" Do we as a community really want to be in the business of claiming we know who deserves a paying gig over someone else? Or if that's really the thought process that goes into WWE's hiring and firing practices? C'mon.
Sadly, Divas have a short shelf life in the world of WWE. Is it fair? No, but that's the way it is. They come in, reach a peak popularity and usually fizzle out by year seven and Melina is apparently no exception. Gail Kim supposedly left WWE this week as well, though she requested her release, but I would say WWE never intended to do anything with her. TNA's Knockouts division was gaining steam at the time, consistently the highest-rated portion of Impact broadcasts, and WWE signed away their crown jewel. I don't think that was a coincidence.
I'm hearing rumors that DH Smith wanted to leave to pursue an MMA career. If that's the case, that's his choice, so good luck to him. I still have no idea why WWE split the Hart Dynasty though.
I really don't get Kozlov though, he's a solid comedy act and eventually found his niche in the ring. Hell, he was the "wrestling" end of the Santino tag team. Should he be main eventing PPVs against Triple H? No, but he was more than serviceable and looked like a legitimate badass. They could've done more with him, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
Overall, a sad day for WWE but one of those things we've come to expect as well. I know it's cliché, but I really hope all these folks find success soon.