WWE and Alberto Del Rio Reach “Mutual Understanding”

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WWE quietly announced today that the company has come to a “mutual understanding” with Alberto Del Rio regarding his future booking opportunities and, of course, wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Del Rio also announced the agreement on Twitter. There has been much talk of his move to AAA, which will likely come sooner than later now that he and WWE have come to an understanding.

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Kaitlyn: “I’ve officially left WWE on my own terms”

WWE announced earlier that Kaitlyn is no longer under contract with the company. The former Divas champion took to Twitter to say that it was her decision to leave the company.

Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston shared his thoughts on the news, with the following tweet:

Kaitlyn No Longer with WWE

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WWE has announced via WWE.com that former Divas Champion Kaitlyn is no longer with the company. The short statement reads, “As of Jan. 8, Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin) will no longer be under contract with WWE. The former Divas Champion has chosen to pursue other endeavors outside the sports-entertainment world. WWE wishes Kaitlyn the best in all her future endeavors.”

Kaitlyn had barely been seen or heard from after losing the Divas title and feuding with AJ Lee late this summer. Kaitlyn occassionally contributes to HardbodyNews.com, a female fitness site, so perhaps she’ll continue there in a more prolific role.

Brian Gewirtz out as head writer of Raw

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Brian Gewirtz, on the staff since 2000, is out as head writer of WWE Raw. Vince McMahon returns to Raw tonight to make his “State of the WWE” address, but apparently analyzed the real state of the show just hours ago, removing Gewirtz from his post. Meltzer is also reporting that Gewirtz will stay on as a consultant.

Perhaps Gewirtz simply wanted a change and the decision was his but one would assume Gewirtz took the fall for Raw’s somewhat disappointing ratings as of late. The show, though, has been pretty good since the switch to three hours, so the timing is a bit odd.

Shad, Tiffany, Jillian Hall among latest WWE cuts

World Wrestling Entertainment today announced the releases of Shad Gaspard, Vance Archer, Caylen Croft, Luke Gallows, Tiffany, and Jillian Hall. As usual, WWE wishes them the best in their future endeavors.

None of the releases are especially surprising. Shad was doomed as soon as Cryme Tyme disbanded. It was a similar fate for Luke Gallows, the former Festus, once the Straight Edge Society broke up. Archer had been teaming with Curt Hawkins on Smackdown, but the duo never gained any momentum. Croft is one half of the Dudebusters, another tag team that never blossomed.

If WWE pushed its tag team division a bit more, perhaps there would still be jobs for Archer, Croft and Shad.

WWE announces release of Daniel Bryan

WWE has announced on its website that the company has come to terms on the release of Daniel Bryan. It’s unclear right now if this is a legit firing or if this is all part of the NXT Invasion angle.

It wouldn’t make sense to get rid of Bryan right now, with the angle so hot and WWE previously investing time in his program with The Miz and Michael Cole. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the release is for real, but only after previously reporting that it was part of a storyline.

The one thing that makes no sense out of all of this, from the standpoint of the NXT Invasion, is if WWE can fire Bryan, who participated in the attack, then why wouldn’t they fire everyone involved? If the firing is legit, it opens up the can of worms I mentioned, which is why I think it might all be a work.

We’ll have to wait until Monday to see how this all plays out.

Carlito released by WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the release of Carlito after he failed a drug test and refused to enter rehab at the request of the company. Unlike most of the company’s releases which are buried in the “News” section of WWE’s website, Carlito’s release is a feature story, albeit a two sentence paragraph.

Carlito and Primo had recently reformed their tag team and an alliance with Ted DiBiase was hinted at. Now Primo will be on his own and likely shoved back down the card. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a tag team with Evan Bourne, though.

Carlito has long had a reputation for being a great talent but someone who lacked motivation and desire. TNA will likely be very interested but who knows if they’ll chase him since the rumor is Dixie Carter and Co. will be cutting talent.

Bubba the Love Sponge fired by TNA

TNA management has finally decided to part ways with Bubba the Love Sponge after the latest inflammatory incident in his already checkered TNA career. Bubba and Awesome Kong got into it on a radio show earlier today, months after the incident between the two that ultimately led to Kong’s departure from the company.

As those of you who read the blog or follow me on Twitter know, I can’t stand Bubba. The “shock jock” couldn’t be more played out and he was only in TNA thanks to his friendship with Hulk Hogan. He is truly the definition of more trouble than he was worth, especially since he wasn’t worth anything to begin with.

TNA released a short statement regarding Bubba’s release and Kevin Eck of the Baltimore Sun has more on the radio incident.

Tony Atlas released by WWE

WWE announced today the release of Tony Atlas and, as usual, wished him well in his future endeavors.

Since Mark Henry’s face turn and move from Raw to ECW last year, WWE didn’t really know what to do with Atlas. He was paired with Abraham Washington as his sidekick but hadn’t been seen since the demise of ECW.

The 56-year-old Atlas has had a storied wrestling and bodybuilding career that includes championships in the World Class Wrestling Association, World Wrestling Council and World Wrestling Federation. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.