AEW headliner Chris Jericho sees this as the new norm.
Jericho spoke with Busted Open Radio about the current state of the business, and cited Shawn Spears (the former Tye Dillinger) as an example of what he feels is the final wave of wrestlers that WWE will agree to cut loose.
Said Jericho of Spears, "I don't know why he sat on the sidelines for eight months. I don't know why a lot of guys sit on the sidelines for eight months. But you know how it works up North, brother. If you fall out of grace, you're finished being played with as Vince's toy, you get put in the corner. Thankfully, Shawn got his release. He's the last one that will.
"Nobody will ever get their release from WWE again. Nobody."
Jericho went on to put Spears over, citing how well Cody Rhodes (Spears' longtime friend) knows his capabilities, adding, "The guy is a tremendous heel. He's an old school heel. He looks the part. Putting him with Tully Blanchard is a great idea. He's a main eventer. We're going to make him into a star, just by putting him with Cody Rhodes."
(Credit for transcription goes to Fightful)