On Friday afternoon, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Killian Dain, Ever-Rise’s Chase Parker, and Matt Martel, Ariya Daivari, Marina Shafir, Tony Nese, Arturo Ruas, Curt Stallion, The Bollywood Boyz (Samir & Sunil Singh), and August Grey were released from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), according to PWInsider (Daivari, Nese, Bollywood Boyz, Ruas, Shafir, Stallion, and Grey) and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp (Fandango, Breeze, Dain, and Ever-Rise). These latest cuts come not even a month after the releases of multiple wrestlers including Braun Strowman and Aleister Black. This is now the fourth batch of talent releases from the company since April. The major releases following WrestleMania and the NXT releases being amongst the other batches.
Fandango, 39, has been with WWE since 2006. He won Season 5 of NXT when it was still a game show under the name Johnny Curtis. He would re-debut in 2013 as Fandango, defeating Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXIV. Fandango would spend his last couple of years with the company alongside Tyler Breeze, forming the popular team Breezango. They won the NXT Tag Team Championships together in 2020.
Breeze, 33, has been with WWE since 2010. It’s well documented that Breeze developed his character alongside Xavier Woods in an effort to survive cuts many years back. The character of Tyler Breeze became an instant hit with the NXT crowd and he is known as one of the black and gold brand’s originals. As stated with Fandango, they won the tag team championships last year.
Dain, 36, won the NXT Tag Team Championships as a member of SAnitY. He was once a main event competitor for the black and gold brand prior to his call up to the main roster. He was most recently teaming with Drake Maverick.
Ever-Rise had been gaining steam recently due to their talk show on WWE socials. They most recently lost to Hit Row’s Top Dolla and Ashante Thee Adonis on Tuesday’s episode of NXT.
Both Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese have been with the company since the Cruiserweight Classic back in 2016. They’ve most recently been a team on 205 Live and NXT, running as the veterans of the Cruiserweight division. Daivari, 32, is a 15-year veteran who has spent time in Ring of Honor, Global Force Wrestling, and PTW prior to his time in WWE. Nese, 35, won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the WrestleMania 35 Kickoff show by defeating Buddy Murphy. He would lose the championship to Drew Gulak a few months later. Before signing with WWE, Nese was a constant in the Northeast region, being a part of EVOLVE most specifically.
Grey, 27, is better known to many as Anthony Greene who worked in Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling, and EVOLVE. Grey had signed with the company in 2020 following the purchase of EVOLVE. He had been a mainstay on 205 Live since his debut.
Here are some reactions by the talent since the news has been revealed, confirming their releases from the company:
— Fandango (@WWEFandango) June 25, 2021
Thank you all for the kind words and support. It's time to put sports entertainment behind me and get back professional wrestling.
— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) June 25, 2021
— Tony Nese (@TonyNese) June 25, 2021
Tonight’s @WWE205Live Main Event has just been turned into a LOSER LEAVES TOWN MATCH!
Don’t miss it!!! pic.twitter.com/SmApTs3ugu
— August Grey (@AugustGreyWWE) June 25, 2021
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