WWE release EIGHTEEN stars including Karrion Kross and Nia Jax with some cuts 'due to Covid vaccination status'
WWE have axed a staggering 18 athletes from their roster – including Karrion Kross and Nia Jax.
The trimming of the main roster and the NXT brand was announced late on Thursday night.
And WWE fans were left gobsmacked to see Kross and former Women's Champion Jax among the list of axed wrestlers.
But according to the New York Post, one of the reasons Jax was given her marching orders was because she's yet to receive her Covid jab.
An excerpt of the report read: "A source with knowledge of WWE's operations told The Post that one of the reasons Nia Jax, a former WWE Raw women's champion, was released is that she is unvaccinated."
Wrestling Insider Andrew Zarian then claimed four of the released wrestlers were given their marching orders 'due to not being vaccinated'.
He tweeted: "Spoke to a source regarding the WWE roster cuts.
"It’s believed that possibly 4 individuals were released due to not being vaccinated."
WWE ROSTER CUTS
Main roster: Karrion Kross, Nia Jax Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Mia Yim, Eva Marie, Harry Smith and B-Fab
NXT roster: Franky Monet, Ember Moon, Scarlett, Oney Lorcan, Trey Baxter, Jessi Kamea, Zayda Ramier, Katrina Cortez, and Jeet Rama
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Jax made her opposition to being vaccinated known in an Instagram story update in November 2020.
Citing a post with unverified figures of the vaccine's efficacy, she wrote: "God made my immune system and I trust him the most."
Since returning to live touring in July, the WWE have been incredibly strict with regards to vaccination and Covid testing.
The strict policy was implemented following multiple outbreaks among wrestlers and crew members when they were set up at the Thunderdome in Tampa, Florida during the pandemic.
It's claimed the remaining wrestlers on the roster were told the releases were made due to 'budget cuts'.
But news of the cuts came on the same day the WWE announced their impressive third-quarter results.
The company reported £189million ($255.8m) in revenue for the quarter, a figure which represented a 15 per cent year-over-year increase.
The WWE will return to pay-per-view action a fortnight on Sunday for Survivor Series in Brooklyn, New York.
A titanic showdown between Universal and WWE champions Roman Reigns and Big E is rumoured to be the card's main event.
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