Well the WWE has pulled out the chop block again and has let go 3 performers over the past couple of weeks. Usually these cutbacks come in chunks so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see 1 or 2 more over the next week or so.
1. Super Crazy: Released on Nov. 5. The sole survivor from the Mexicools time ran out and it is a shame since he had been a strong talent since his arrival on Smackdown in 2005. With the cruiserweight division essentially being eliminated the 35 year-old has been relegated to job squad duty and has had no real storyline in quite some time. He has slowed down somewhat in the ring so all in all this release probably makes sense on both sides. Super will be fine and will either get plenty of work back in Mexico or maybe even appear in TNA.
2. Chuck Palumbo: Finally Palumbo’s boring reign of terror has ended! The biker’s second WWE stint finished on November 7. The WWE tried their best to cram him down the throats of fans as a good guy biker with Michelle McCool, and then a heel…neither worked. Now in fairness Palumbo is not a bad power move big man, but the charisma is just not there and the audience simply does not care. His only real success came during his first run in the Billy and Chuck tag team. In any case, hopefully the WWE has learned its lesson and we never ever see Mr. Palumbo again.
3. Paul London- This is by far the most disappointing release (Nov. 7) as London is simply phenomenal. His drop sault and overall athleticism is unreal, but again he falls victim to the lack of a cruiserweight division. While his former tag partner Brian Kendrick has got a push, London has fallen to the side and was largely unused as of late. London has actually been with the company since mid 2003 and had success as both a cruiserweight and tag team champion. Unfortunately London’s mic skills aren’t overly developed and that is something he has to improve on in order to make that next step. Realistically he will end up in Ring of Honour and most likely follow that with a TNA stint. I personally believe that he will return to the WWE in the next year or so.
Still the oddity that is Hardcore Bob Holly not being let go amazes me. Fire him already!
John Cena’s much hyped return takes place at Survivor Series where he will battle newly crowned world heavyweight champion Chris Jericho for the title. Cena underwent neck surgery back in August, the same kind as Kurt Angle had and not the fusion, which keeps wrestlers out for at least one year. It will be interesting to see if there is any ring rust. With the amount of air time Cena tribute videos have been getting on WWE programming expect a monster crowd reaction. I will analyze whether Cena should win the belt at the pay-per-view during the Survivor Series preview later next week, so make sure to check back for that!
Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball, along with university basketball and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto. He is also the Host of Oakville Blades hockey on TV Cogeco