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Several big wrestling names from WWE have been let go by the company, some of them allegedly because of their refusal to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
As the wrestling company – known to many as the launching pad for actors Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dave "Drax" Bautista – returns to its worldwide touring schedule, many of those who travel outside of America would need to have a vaccination, or face a long quarantine upon arrival.
In total, 17 wrestlers were released by the multi-million dollar company – to the shock of fans worldwide.
The were Ember Moon, Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, Mia Yim, Gran Metalik, Nia Jax, Lince Dorado, Jeet Rama, Katrina Cortez, Trey Baxter, Zayda Ramier, Jessi Kamea, B-Fab, Oney Lorcan, Franky Monet, Eva Marie and Scarlett Bordeaux.
It is believed that four of those were released because of the refusal to have the jab, according to wrestling journalist Andrew Zarian.
One of those, according to other wrestling reporters, was Nia Jax.
Jax was vocal about her opposition to the vaccine, often sharing anti-vaxx information on her Instagram account.
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She was heavily criticised for one post, in November 2020, which claimed that she'd rather "go with" her immune system, as it's "99.9% effective".
This clashes with WWE's stance, as the majority of its shows feature wrestlers promoting the taking of the vaccine.
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Of the others released, fans were shocked by the removals of Ember Moon, Keith Lee, and Karrion Kross, who had all been mainstays on the television over the last few months – with the former being a regular fixture on the NXT brand until recently.
“We wish them the best in their future endeavors,” WWE said in a statement to The New York Post.
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Rival companies All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling are expected to take on several of the released names, with the former set to snap up Lee and his partner Mia Yim, and Kross and his partner Scarlett Bordeaux.
Vaccination status for those signed by Impact Wrestling is thought not to be an issue, as the company has no plans to resume touring outside of America for the foreseeable future.
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