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Mark Henry "Perplexed" By WWE NXT Releases During SmackDown

Henry has expressed his surprise

Mark Henry has expressed his shock at WWE's latest set of releases. 

WWE released 13 NXT Superstars on Friday during SmackDown and the likes of Bronson Reed, Asher Hale, Mercedes Martinez, Tyler Rust and Bobby Fish were all let go. 

Henry reflected on the releases on Busted Open Radio and the AEW commentator admitted he was perplexed by the timing.

"I just saw somebody say, 'NXT has just been released by the WWE.' I giggled a little bit. It wasn't a laugh, it was a [giggles]. That shouldn't be a thing, man. I shouldn't giggle at that, but the point about it is there have been so many releases that people are starting to look at, 'Damn, man, the writings on the wall. I can be out of here at any time. Maybe I need to focus on job security. Maybe I need to go ahead and take a preemptive strike and not re-sign and go somewhere else,'" The World's Strongest Man said. 

"Japan, IMPACT, AEW, ROH, MLW. There are places to go work, and do you want to be a part of something that's already well established or do you want to go somewhere and help make a company better? It depends on the talent, but it looks like, from an NXT standpoint, that nobody's safe. That's what it looks like to me after last night -- Getting that news, and man, I'm just sitting here like still perplexed about the fact [that] it happened during the show. Like, hey guys, 'I'm going to throw this grenade in the room and see what happens.' What did they think was going to be the reaction from the fans?"

Following the releases, major changes to NXT are reportedly on the way and Vince McMahon is looking to use the Wednesday night show as just a developmental programme once again. 

H/T to Fightful

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