Back on April 15, WWE released 33 Superstars including Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and Heath Slater. Nine producers were also furloughed, while Kurt Angle was let go. The releases came after the wrestling behemoth announced they would be making cutbacks because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite estimates showing WWE is still on course to make record profits in 2020.
Another name has been added to the list as Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that longtime WWE employee Gerald Brisco has also been furloughed. The 73-year-old is not expected to return to the company after his furlough ends, however, and he will likely be released after July.
Meltzer said: "He's like on the deal with all of the producers in a sense that it's like a furlough. It's not done done, but yeah."
Brisco has worked for WWE since 1984 as both an on-screen talent and behind the scenes. After retiring from in-ring action in 1985, the two-time Hardcore Champion worked as a road agent and booker, becoming one of Vince McMahon's most trusted advisors. This played into his on-screen personality as he and Pat Patterson were corporate stooges to McMahon in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Brisco later became a talent scout for the company and recruited the likes of Brock Lesnar and Chad Gable.