WWE Talent Releases (2005-2016)

2016: Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Cameron, Hornswoggle, Alex Riley, El Torito, Zeb Colter, Rich Brennan, Kyle Edwards, Sting (retired), Marcus Louis, Sylvestor Lefort, Peter Howard, Oscar "Mongo" Vasquez

2015: Rey Mysterio (stopped wrestling in 2014), Devin Taylor, Justin Gabriel, Layla (retired), CJ Parker, Solomon Crowe, Brad Maddox, Rhyno, Blue Pants, Hulk Hogan, Dustin Mueller, Leyvonna Zakari, Laszlo Vandracsek, C. Denzel Freeman, Tony Briggs, and Courtney Freeman.

2014: CM Punk, Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, JTG, Brodus Clay, Yoshi Tatsu, Ezekiel Jackson, Aksana, Mason Ryan, Evan Bourne, Jinder Mahal, Camacho, Mistico, Teddy Long, Kaitlyn, Oliver Grey, Danny Birch, Shaul Guerrero, Josh Matthews, The Great Khali, Tensai (retired and became head NXT trainer in 2015), Rob Van Dam, Corey Graves (retired due to concussions; became announcer), Christian (retired due to concussions), Batista, Yoshi Tatsu, Travis Tyler, Kendall Skye, Troy McClain, Garrett Dylan, Slate Randall, Cal Bishop, JoJo (became announcer), Vickie Guerrero, Justin Roberts

2013: Chris Jericho, Ted DiBiase Jr, Eve Torres, Matt Striker, Trent Barreta, Percy Watson, Derrick Bateman, Kassius Ohno, Audrey Marie, Sakamoto, Jim Ross, Mick Foley, Tony Dawson

2012: Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Tyler Reks, Maxine, Kenneth Cameron, Kharma, Andy Leavine, Bella Twins, Shaul Guerrero, Goldust

2011: John Morrison, Edge (retired), Chavo Guerrero Jr, Chris Masters, Melina, Michelle McCool, DH Smith, Vladimir Kozlov, Fit Finlay, Maryse, Kenny Dykstra, Gail Kim, Derrick Neikirk, Lucky Cannon, Jacob Novak, Jackson Andrews, Eli Cottonwood, Todd Grisham, Tony Atlas, Michael Tarver

2010: Batista, Shelton Benjamin, Matt Hardy, Carlito, Shawn Michaels (retired), Charlie Haas, Hurricane Helms, Jimmy Yang, Sho Funaki, Ray Gordy, Mickie James, Mike Knox, Luke Gallows, Jillian Hall, Paul Burchill, Maria, MVP, Shad, Caylen Croft, Eric Escobar, Katie Lea, Kaval, Tiffany, Vance Archer, Savannah, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Serena, Scott Armstrong, Tommy Dreamer

2009: Jamie Noble ("retired" to become a road agent), Victoria, Brian Kendrick, Bradshaw (retired), Ken Kennedy, Scotty Goldman, Candice Michelle, The Boogeyman, Jeff Hardy, Umaga, Sim Snuka, Jay Bradley, Kizarny, Ricky Ortiz, Shane McMahon, DJ Gabriel, D-Lo Brown, Manu, Colin Delaney, Bam Neely, Kevin Thorn, Matt Cappotelli, Gavin Spears, Tazz, Mike Kruel, Tyson Tomko, Val Venis, Hardcore Holly

2008: Jim Duggan, Trevor Murdoch, Paul London, Lance Cade, Gene Snitsky, Nunzio, Ric Flair (retired), Big Daddy V, Stevie Richards, Shannon Moore, Robbie McAllister, Rory McAllister, Mick Foley, Super Crazy, Chuck Palumbo, Domino, Balls Mahoney, Ashley, Jonathan Coachman, Elijah Burke, James Curtis, Armando Estrada, Bobby Lashley, Braden Walker

2007: Cryme Tyme, Chris Masters, Nick Dinsmore, Rob Van Dam, Scott Taylor, Booker T, Daivari, Joey Mercury, Rob Conway, Sylvain Grenier, Rene Dupree, Rosey, Torrie Wilson, Mike Mondo, Johnny Jeter, Test, Sabu, Big Vito, The Sandman, Tatanka, Gymini, Roadkill, Johnny Swinger, Slyvester Terkay, Idol Stevens, 2 Cold Scorpio, Bill DeMott, Ariel, Paul Heyman, Seth Skyfire, Angel Williams, Krissy Vaine, Shantelle Taylor, Al Snow (wrestling contract, still worked at OVW), Jazz, Rodney Mack, Tony Mamaluke, Gangrel, Sonny Siaki, Ryan Reeves, Jack Bull, Mike Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Tony Salantri, Thomas Farra, CW Anderson, Danny Basham, Doug Basham, Chris Benoit (suicide)

2006: Trish Stratus, Lita, Animal, Kurt Angle, Orlando Jordan, Jon Heidenreich, Simon Dean, Billy Kidman, Antonio Thomas, Chad Wicks, Danny Doring, Psicosis, Francine, Kid Kash, Romeo, Juventud, Tank Toland, Brent Albright, Goldust, Tyson Tomko, Stacy Keibler, The Boogeyman, Justin Credible, Palmer Cannon

2005: Christian, Charlie Haas, Jackie Gayda, Mark Jindrak, Rhyno, Spike Dudley, Molly Holly, Luther Reigns, Maven, D-Von Dudley, Bubba Ray Dudley, Muhammad Hassan, Kenzo Suzuki, Dawn Marie, Christy Hemme, Matt Morgan, Lance Storm, Jackie Gayda, Joey Matthews, Chris Jericho, Akio, Eddie Guerrero (died)

Some of these wrestlers have returned (Batista, Christian, Goldust, Damien Sandow, Jericho, etc). I know there's a lot of developmental talent that I left off (and peripheral talent such as referees). A few guys "retired" and some legends (like Hogan or Slaughter or Ron Simmons or Terry Funk) have came & went, but I was focusing more on regular talent. There's also guys (like Cappotelli) who hung around for years before they were cut despite almost never being on the road for WWE.

5/6/16 -- This is a work-in-progress and I need to redo 2014-2016.
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Chris Harrington,
Jun 19, 2014, 9:15 AM
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