Many of the wrestlers released by WWE today took to social media afterward to react to the news.
As we previously reported, WWE is reducing the amount of talent on the roster in an effort to save money to prepare for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the company.
Zack Ryder, who was one of the people released today, tweeted afterward showing a picture of a painting of the WrestleMania moment involving him and his father.
“The only thing I wanted to do in life was wrestle. I’m grateful I spent 14 years living my dream in WWE. Thanks to my fans & everyone who believed in me. As I was getting released, I was looking at this photo & smiling. I’m #AlwayzReady & beyond excited for the future,” he wrote with the photo.
Read more reactions below and check back for more reactions as they come in.
The only thing I wanted to do in life was wrestle. I’m grateful I spent 14 years living my dream in WWE. Thanks to my fans & everyone who believed in me. As I was getting released, I was looking at this photo & smiling. I’m #AlwayzReady & beyond excited for the future. #NotThere pic.twitter.com/uKRVK7FboI
— Matt Cardona (@ZackRyder) April 15, 2020
I know everyone is waiting to hear my response to my release from WWE but after 16 years I’m going to need a little more than a few hours to really digest all my thoughts and emotions. For now, thank you all for all of your kind words and support during this time.
— Heath Slater (@HeathSlaterOMRB) April 15, 2020
The people closest to me know this is something I’ve been struggling with wanting for the better part of the last year.
Happy to say I gave this journey my best and MORE excited for the future! ❤️
— The Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) April 15, 2020
Thank you All, Rusev out!
— Miro (@RusevBUL) April 15, 2020
I wanted 2 say thank you to the WWE for the time I spent there.I made many new friends and had the opportunity to work with so many talented people. To the Superstars, continue to entertain the WWE Universe as well as you possibly can. They’re the best fans in the world. #itstrue
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 15, 2020
— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) April 15, 2020
Last time I got fired I had a really funny tweet in response to it. Doesn’t really feel appropriate today. I will say this, a lot of very talented ppl lost their jobs today and out of this disaster the PRO WRESTLING community will rise stronger than ever! 🤘🏻
— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) April 15, 2020
— Lio (@itsLioRush) April 15, 2020
— No Way Jose (@WWENoWayJose) April 15, 2020
— Miracle (@RealMikeBennett) April 15, 2020
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Created by a perfect storm of frustration, angst, restraint, solitude and the sense of losing everything, the character of ec3 forced himself to consider the inconceivable.
That he was defeated. pic.twitter.com/63vA5avDgg
— essential character III (@therealec3) April 15, 2020
Stay Hopeful! pic.twitter.com/BYwu5vxs0x
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) April 15, 2020
Covid-19 has been devastating for me & my family. My brother in law; who was my legal guardian passed away to Covid-19.
Today, Covid-19 stripped me of my dream job. Feels like life is being sucked from me.
Thank you to everyone that has reached out. Be safe and stay strong.💞
— MJ Jenkins (@RealMJJenkins_) April 15, 2020
This virus has claimed thousands of lives and thousands of jobs. Today, the landscape of @WWE changed forever. Some of us were furloughed and others released. Today, I’m grateful for my health and my family and friends! This too shall pass!
— Scott Armstrong (@WWEArmstrong) April 15, 2020