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Three more WWE cuts
Longtime Cruiserweight among the releases
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




The axe fell once again at Titan Towers today, as three more WWE superstars were released from the company.

Among the casualties of the latest round of roster cuts were Scotty II Hottie, Ariel and Nick Mitchell, better known as Mitch from the Spirit Squad.

The cuts follow two moves on Tuesday, when Sabu and Vito were released.

Of the trio, Scotty II Hottie, real name Scott Garland, had been the longest-serving member of the WWE roster, having been on the roster on a near-consecutive basis since 1997, when he debuted as part of a tournament to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion. Prior to this time, Scottie had done occasional shows for the then WWF as an enhancement talent.

Following the LH Tournament, Scottie began teaming with Brian Christopher (later known as Grandmaster Sexay) as Too Much. The two light-heavyweights had a short run before being re-packaged as Too Cool. The tandem's initial run was brief, as Christopher sustained an injury.

Upon their return, Too Cool formed a faction with Rikishi Phatu and became one of the WWF's more popular teams. Scottie gained a strong measure of popularity, in part due to his crowd-pleasing moves such as The Worm, and his unique look. During this time, Scottie held both the WWF Tag Team Championships (with Christopher) and the Light Heavyweight Championship.

During the group's run, Scottie sustained an injury to his neck which would take him out of action for a considerable amount of time. During this period, Christopher was released from WWE. Scottie returned to action and began teaming with Albert as The Zoo Crew. Though the tandem had an amount of popularity, they were a short-lived as Albert turned on Scottie, who, in reality, needed time off for neck surgery.

Scottie returned to WWE in 2003 and quickly returned to the tag ranks with Rikishi. The two would hold WWE Tag Team gold for a short time. Eventually, Rikishi was released from his WWE contract and Scottie returned to the now Cruiserweight Division, where he remained until his dismissal today. Over the last several months, Scottie had sparsely been seen on WWE programming.

Throughout her WWE tenure, Ariel had been the manager of Kevin Thorn in the ECW brand. She had also played the part of a tarot card reader, which appeared both on ECW on Sci-Fi and on wwe.com. She also competed in the occasional match on ECW programming.

Nick Mitchell, or Mitch, was a Spirit Squad and enjoyed a long-time reign as World Tag Team Champion alongside Mikey, Nicky, Kenny and Johnny. The quintet's WWE tenure, however, lasted less than a year.

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