July 6, 2005
WWE cuts more while negotiating with Lesnar
By JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling
On the heels of eight cuts yesterday, World Wrestling Entertainment has announced further releases today, while also announcing negotiations with a former star.
Seven more wrestlers and managers have been released, with Joy Giovanni added to the cut later than the rest. Earlier today, WWE stated on their website that Kenzo Suzuki, Matt Morgan, Jackie Gayda, Charlie Haas, Dawn Marie and Marty Jannetty were laid off. The Fed also announced that Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley's contracts would not be renegotiated once they expire.
The release of the Dudley Boyz comes on the heels of Spike Dudley's release yesterday. The Dudleyz were multi-time tag champs in WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling. The two last appeared at ECW's One Night Stand pay-per-view in June.
Suzuki has not appeared on WWE television broadcasts for quite some time, and was reported to be recovering from an injury. The "Bronze Warrior" had recently been moved to Raw in the Draft Lottery and was a former WWE Tag Team Champion with Rene Dupree. It was not announced if his manager and wife, Hiroko, was released as well, though various websites are reporting that she is no longer with WWE either.
The releases of Morgan and Gadya mean that only four Tough Enough alumni are still with WWE: Christopher Nowinski, Matt Capotelli, Johnny Nitro and the most recent TE champion Daniel Puder. Tough Enough 1 co-winner Maven was released yesterday.
Dawn Marie had not been on WWE TV for some time and is pregnant with her first child. She had recently been part of ECW One Night Stand and the Viva Las Divas DVD.
Haas, who recently married Gayda, has battled injuries in the recent past. He was heavily speculated to be moving to Raw in the Draft Lottery.
While all of these roster cuts were being made, WWE also announced that it is meeting with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, a multi-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, left the company after WrestleMania XX to pursue a career in football with the Minnesota Vikings. Lesnar was unable to gain a spot with the squad, and had entered into a legal battle with WWE over no-compete clauses in his contract.
Lesnar was interviewed by wwe.com earlier today, and stated that, "I'm excited about getting my working boots on and getting back to business."
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