Several reports have confirmed that WWE has made another round of releases with the following performers being let go:
- Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango)
- Tony Nese
- Ariya Daivari
- August Grey
- Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel)
- The Bollywood Boyz (Sunil & Samir Singh)
- Marina Shafir
- Curt Stallion
- Arturo Ruas
- Killian Dain
- Tino Sabbatelli
Mike Johnson of PWinsider.com reports that Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari, August Grey, The Bollywood Boyz, Marina Shafir, Curt Stallion and Arturo Ruas have been released.
Daivari confirmed the news by stating on Twitter, “Thank you all for the kind words and support. It’s time to put sports entertainment behind me and get back to professional wrestling.”
Nese and Daivari had been part of WWE since 2016 when they entered the Cruiserweight Classic and later were part of the 205 Live roster where they have been working throughout the run of the series.
Nese won the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium defeating Buddy Murphy in April 2019. He held the title until June that year losing to Drew Gulak.
August Grey previously wrestled as Anthony Greene and signed in 2020, making his 205 Live debut last October.
Fightful added that Tyler Breeze, Ever-Rise (Chase Parker and Matt Martel), Killian Dain, and Tino Sabbatelli have been let go.
Breeze (Matthew Clement) has been with the company since 2010 and was trained at the Storm Wrestling Academy by Lance Storm. He went through several names and characters before finding success as a male model named Tyler Breeze in 2013. One of the highlights of his WWE career was his match against Jushin Thunder Liger in August 2015 at the first TakeOver event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Breeze was one of the featured talents on the WWE Network series “Breaking Ground” and was called up to the main roster in the fall of 2015. He struggled to find a strong role until he was paired with Fandango and they began participating in weekly vignettes on SmackDown. In 2019, the team moved to NXT and been wrestling there since.
Ever-Rise are natives of Quebec where they previously wrestled as 2.0. and 3.0. as Scott Parker and Shane Matthews.
The pair were introduced by WWE in the February 2019 class at the Performance Center. They were introduced on television as Ever-Rise in September 2019 and were doing many digital segments for the company including as hosts of the pre-pre-show for the TakeOver: In Your House event earlier this month. They appeared on this past Tuesday’s episode losing to Top Dolla & Ashante Thee Adonis.
Additionally, Fandango (Curtis Hussey) posted a message thanking Vince McMahon, Paul Levesque, and Stephanie McMahon-Levesque for the past fourteen years.
Fandango, who previously wrestled as Johnny Curtis, first signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2006. He came up through Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling in WWE’s developmental system. He was also part of the lengthy fourth season of NXT prior to receiving the Fandango character in 2013.
He was introduced in a strong manner, defeating Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29 in April 2013. This led to a short period where his theme song got over at all the live events and had a cult attraction with the fanbase.
Since 2016, Fandango has been linked with Tyler Breeze as Breezango on SmackDown and part of NXT since 2019. The pair held the NXT tag titles for two months in 2020 defeating Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel in August and dropping them to Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
Breezango had just started a storyline with Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel after beating the Imperium members on the June 15th episode of NXT and were attacked by Imperium after the match.
Killian Dain shared his thoughts about his release in an extended post on Twitter:
Chip is back on my shoulder.
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— Damo (@DamoMackle) June 25, 2021