Report: WWE Expected To Make Major Talent Cuts

WWE are expected to make talent cuts following the UFC merger

WWE talent cuts are reportedly on the way. 

According to Haus of Wrestling, a WWE source has told them that "major cuts" are expected to be made to the main roster and NXT following the completion of the WWE-UFC merger to create TKO Group Holdings on Tuesday, September 12. It is unknown if the cuts will coincide with layoffs at WWE's offices today but Haus of Wrestling stated the talent cuts have been planned for some time. 

A source speculated that Endeavor could wait to release talent in order to control the optics of making cuts following the WWE-UFC merger. That is purely speculation, though.

A somewhat conflicting report has emerged from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, who reported: "Those in charge have been told that the cuts won't be in creative and talent. Then again, UFC employees were told a lot of things about cuts that ended up not being true so it's a wait-and-
see situation."

While some WWE staff were, unfortunately, expected to lose their jobs following the merger, no cuts were expected to be made to WWE talent, especially since Nick Khan stated back in April that WWE were not looking to make cuts that would affect the on-screen product post-merger. 

Khan said at the time: "The most important thing is to leave the product untouched. Untouched, meaning, if Triple H and Kevin Dunn want to evolve it, great, but in terms of cutbacks there, that’s not what we’re looking to do."

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