Update time：2021-07-08 13:15Tag: WWE WrestleMania XIX
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WWE reportedly released several Superstars from their contracts Friday, including Fandango and Tyler Breeze.
According to Fightful, WWE parted ways with Fandango, Breeze, Killian Dain, Marina Shafir, NXT tag team Ever-Rise, Arturo Ruas and 205 Live wrestlers Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari, The Bollywood Boyz, August Grey and Curt Stallion.
Fandango seemed to confirm his release with the following tweet in which he thanked WWE executives Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H:
The 39-year-old Fandango, who previously wrestled under the name Johnny Curtis, signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2006 and had been with the company for nearly 15 years.
Fandango’s first big break came as part of the fourth season of NXT when he was wrestling under the Curtis name, but he truly broke out in 2013 when he transitioned to the Fandango character.
Portraying an arrogant dancer, Fandango’s first WWE match came at WrestleMania 29 where he scored a shocking upset victory over six-time WWE world champion Chris Jericho.
Fandango later went on to form the Breezango tag team with Breeze, becoming huge fan favorites on SmackDown in 2016.
After suffering a torn labrum in 2018, Fandango made his return in 2019 on NXT as Breeze’s tag team partner. They eventually went on to win the NXT Tag Team Championships in August 2020, marking the first and only title win for both Superstars in WWE.
Breeze, a 33-year-old native of Canada, signed with WWE in 2010 and initially wrestled under the name Mike Dalton before changing his name to Tyler Breeze in 2013.
He quickly gained success as a pompous, villainous male model, and was launched into rivalries with some of NXT’s biggest names, including Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and Neville.
Breeze even had a memorable match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015 against Japanese wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger, marking Liger’s only match in WWE.
He didn’t achieve much success as a singles wrestler after getting called up to the main roster in 2015, but Breezango became a staple on SmackDown due to their zany antics and outfits, along with their weekly Fashion Files segment.
Breezango were well known for dressing up in different costumes in NXT, in addition to winning the brand’s tag titles.
Fandango and Breeze last competed just one week ago, beating Imperium members Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel on NXT.
Dain, who is the husband of Raw Superstar Nikki Cross, had been with WWE since 2016. His greatest success came as part of the Sanity stable with Cross, Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe.
Sanity held the NXT Tag Team Championships before getting called up to the main roster 2018. The group wasn’t given much of a chance on the main roster, and Dain returned to NXT in 2019.
Since 2020, Dain had been part of an odd-couple tag team with Drake Maverick. Dain’s last match was a loss to Isaiah “Swerve” Scott on the June 8 NXT.
Like Breezango, Ever-Rise were another fixture in the NXT tag team division, and they had recently been receiving more airtime on the black and gold brand.
Chase Parker and Matt Martel signed with WWE in 2019 and were utilized on both NXT and 205 Live. They had been developing into a fun comedic act and last wrestled this week on NXT, losing to Top Dolla and Ashante Adonis of Hit Row.
Shafir, who is the wife of NXT Superstar and Diamond Mine member Roderick Strong, is a former MMA fighter who signed with WWE in 2018.
She is close friends with Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, and the trio of Baszler, Shafir and Duke competed in NXT from 2018-19.
Duke was released from WWE last month, and with Shafir now released and Rousey not under contract, Baszler is the only member of MMA’s Four Horsewomen remaining in WWE.
Ruas signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2015 and was used sparingly on NXT. The 39-year-old native of Lebanon got called up to the main roster in 2020 and appeared on Raw Underground, but he got sent back to NXT and suffered a bicep injury in November.
Nese, Daivari and The Bollywood Boyz were all signed by WWE in 2016 and competed in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, and they were subsequently fixtures on 205 Live. Nese won the Cruiserweight Championship two years ago at WrestleMania 35 and held it for 77 days.
The 35-year-old Nese tweeted the following about his WWE departure:
Tony Nese @TonyNese
Thank you everyone! I don’t care about how unwatched and underappreciated 205 was. I busted my ass every single time I stepped foot in the ring doing whatever was asked of me with no questions asked. I can’t wait to be that type of employee for someone else.
The Bollywood Boyz, Samir and Sunil, also wrestled as The Singh Brothers, and they were managers for Jinder Mahal from 2017-19. They played a big role in Mahal winning and holding the WWE Championship for nearly six months.
Grey and Stallion became part of the 205 Live roster after signing with WWE last year. They also competed in NXT on occasion.
Grey and Ikeman Jiro lost to The Grizzled Young Veterans on the June 8 episode of NXT, and Grey’s last match is scheduled to air Friday night on 205 Live on Peacock when he faces Grayson Waller.
Daivari is also scheduled to be on Friday’s episode of 205 Live in a match against Jiro.
This marks the third round of talent cuts by WWE since WrestleMania 37 in April. Big names that were released previously include Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay and Mickie James.
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