August 15, 2008
WWE releases keep coming
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
Add six more names to the list of those no longer employed by the WWE. Stevie Richards, The Highlanders, Colin Delaney, Cherry, and ECW referee Wes Adams were announced as being released by WWE.com.
Richards, an ECW original, has been with the company the longest, debuting in 1999. He has had a number of gimmicks, his highest profile one being as the leader of the Right to Censor in 2001. He is also a 22-time WWE Hardcore Champion. Mostly seen on Heat and Velocity, he was a part of the ECW brand since its inception, although on the rare occasion when he did appear, he lost. He had throat surgery in 2007, taking him off TV, and last appeared on the program on February 12th, 2002.
The Highlanders release comes as a surprise to some, who thought they were already gone. The Scottish-born Canadians first gained notice on the Ontario indy scene before being signed to a developmental deal in 2005. They debuted on WWE TV on July 3, 2006 and began feuding with tag champions The Spirit Squad. The pair has mostly wrestled on b-level shows, if at all. Robbie was shown on camera and identified by his real name of Derek Graham-Couch on the live TNA Impact broadcast on March 27th when he attended the show as a fan when in town for Wrestlemania. He was called by the WWE and told to leave immediately. The Highlanders were off TV since then, returning on the August 8th edition of RAW to lose to Crime Tyme.
Colin Delaney’s brief WWE career saw him losing most of his matches. He lost to Shelton Benjamin on the December 18th, 2007 edition of ECW and subsequently lost to Big Daddy V, Kane, Great Khali, and Miz and Morrison. He signed to the WWE in February and began an underdog storyline with Tommy Dreamer as his mentor. The pair nearly won the tag team titles from Miz and Morrison, and Delaney was in an angle with general manager Armando Estrada to win a ECW contract, which he did by pinning Estrada on May 6th. Delaney turned on Dreamer at the Great American Bash when Dreamer was challenging ECW champion Mark Henry. Dreamer defeated Delaney in an ECW Rules match on the August 9th ECW broadcast.
Cherry, known on the independents as Kara Slice and has been active since 1999. She signed a WWE developmental deal in 2006 and debuted as the valet of Deuce and Domino, as Domino’s sister, in Ohio Valley Wrestling. They retained their 50’s greaser gimmick when the trio debuted on Smackdown in January 2007 and soon won the WWE tag team titles from Paul London and Brian Kendrick. She was dumped by Deuce and Domino after she turned face and allied herself with Michelle McCool. She has since feuded with Maryse, Victoria, and Natalia.
Wes Adams was a professional wrestler, debuting in March 2001 as Scott Starr. He competed primarily in Missouri and Mississippi, participated in the October 2004 TNA Gut Check camp, and refereed for Florida Championship Wrestling. He has been refereeing for ECW since 2007. He refereed the main event tag match of Mark Henry and Matt Hardy against Miz and Morrisson on ECW's August 9th broadcast.
This makes a total of 16 talents released by WWE within the last couple of weeks. Braden Walker was released on August 7th, followed by Big Daddy V, Nunzio, Shannon Moore, James Curtis, Domino and referee Nick Patrick on August 8th. August 12th the company announced developmental talents Brad Attitude, Charles Evans and Matt O’Neal were released.
Jason Clevett is from Calgary, Alberta.