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More WWE cuts confirmed
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




On the heels of Braden Walker's release earlier on August 7 and rumours pouring out of wrestling websites on August 8, WWE officially announced six more roster cuts late Friday.

Those released, as announced on WWE.com, include Nunzio, James Curtis, Shannon Moore, Domino, Big Daddy V and referee Nick Patrick.

Of those released, Patrick had been the longest consecutively-serving member of the roster, having come over to WWE during the WCW/ECW InVasion. Patrick, known previously, as being the personal referee of the nWo during WCW's peak years, became a high-ranking member of the Fed's refereeing staff, at one point being named senior official of Smackdown. Though he would not be involved in angles as he had in WCW, which at one point included a match against Jericho, Patrick remained one of the most recognizable faces on WWE TV.

Nunzio's release comes after an up-and-down career for the cruiserweight in WWE. He spent his entire career on the Smackdown and ECW brands after originally being introduced as a cousin of Jamie Noble. He would hold the Cruiserweight Title during his tenure, and was also a member of the short-lived Full Blooded Italians, a rebirth of a faction he was part of in ECW. When ECW was brought back by WWE, Nunzio would at times shift back to his old moniker of Little Guido, namely during the One Night Stand pay-per-views. He had been seldom seen in recent years on WWE TV, primarily working as an enhancement talent.

James Curtis, an on-again off-again enhancement talent, had his last match on this week's broadcast of ECW on SciFi/Global, in a losing effort to fellow released wrestler Braden Walker. Curtis had previously had a stint in WWE as K.C. James and tagged with Idol Stevens, who, as a tandem, had several bouts against Brian Kendrick and Paul London, while being managed by current Divas Champion Michelle McCool.

Moore's departure comes after he himself announced on his MySpace page that he and WWE were parting ways. Moore, another WCW alumnus, came to WWE after the WCW purchase and a stint in then developmental territory Heartland Wrestling Association. Moore struggled at first to get noticed but was soon paired with fellow OMEGA alumn Matt Hardy, becoming an MF'er (Matt Follower). After the two split, Moore competed in the Cruiserweight division and began developing his "Prince of Punk" gimmick. He would be released by WWE in 2005 and had a brief stint in NWA-TNA (under the same Punk) gimmick) before being re-signed by WWE.

Upon his return, Moore was given the "Reject" gimmick, during which he took his punk persona to new levels. He engaged in a short feud with CM Punk before being relegated to enhancement status. He would later ditch the Reject gimmick and team with Jimmy Wang Yang, with whom he had his last major run on WWE TV.

Domino was a former tag team champion alongside Deuce as 50s throwback characters. The two held the WWE Tag Team Championships with Cherry as their manager. The two first dumped their manager and eventually parted ways, with Deuce moving to Raw in the WWE Draft. Domino would continue to appear on Smackdown broadcasts, in losing efforts on Friday nights.

Big Daddy V, real name Nelson Frazier Jr. and also known in past gimmicks as Mabel and Viscera, was one of WWE's oldest veterans. The 40 year-old first came to the Fed in 1993 alongside Mo and Oscar, forming the rap-inspired trio Men on a Mission. During the team's run, they would hold the Tag Team Championships on one occasion. Most famously during this period, Mabel would become King of the Ring, winning the 1995 tournament. He would, however, be fired shortly after the 1996 Royal Rumble.

WHAT YOU THINK
Which of the recent WWE releases will you miss most?
Nunzio - 13%
Big Daddy V - 21%
Domino - 4%
Braden Walker - 11%
James Curtis - 1%
Shannon Moore - 26% Nick Patrick - 23%
Mabel would return to WWE in 1998, after spending a couple years in the territories, including the USWA. Soon after his re-debut, he would transition into the role of Viscera, an underling to The Undertaker alongside Mideon. He would win the Hardcore Championship once during this time before being released again in 2000.

Before rejoining WWE in 2004, Frazier appeared in NWA-TNA twice under the name Nelson Knight, the same moniker he used prior to his WWE days. Eventually though, Frazier returned to the Fed for a third stint. He would begin his comeback on Smackdown with Gangrel, but would quickly move to Raw. Soon, he would begin to pursue Trish Stratus and adopt the gimmick of being "The World's Biggest Love Machine". This persona, during which Viscera would wear pyjamas in ring combat, was likely the most popular of all of Frazier's gimmicks. At one point he would seek Lilian Garcia and the two became an on-screen couple. Once their relationship ended, however, Vis would languish, occasionally teaming with Val Venis.

Frazier's final push would come after he was moved to ECW in the 2007 WWE Draft. He would change personas again, this time becoming Big Daddy V, wrestling shirtless and in pants and suspenders. He would spend much of his time at the top or near the top of the ECW card, often challenging for, but never attaining, the ECW Championship. Managed primarily by Matt Striker, V engaged in feuds with wrestlers such as The Boogeyman and CM Punk. He had most recently been moved to Smackdown in the 2008 WWE Draft, but never appeared on the brand's Friday night show.

Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more information on the WWE roster.