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WWE announcer furloughed due to budget cuts

Nigel McGuinness is no longer working for WWE as he is among the names that have been furloughed by WWE.

Dave Meltzer reported the news in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He joins the list of names that have furloughed or released by the company due to budget cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The majority of the cuts took place in April but many talent and staff who worked under the NXT banner were not publicly released by WWE during this time like main roster stars were.

McGuinness had been doing color commentary for the NXT UK brand alongside Andy Shepherd. Due to the pandemic, WWE hasn’t been able to tape new episodes of NXT UK, but rather air ‘best of’ compilations that have been hosted by Shepherd only.

Over the past few months, WWE has been forced to cancel NXT UK TV tapings and there’s still no word yet on when WWE will be able to tape new episodes of the show due travel issues.

McGuinness signed with the WWE in late 2016 where he worked his first WWE shows during the United Kingdom Championship tournament in early 2017. He also worked as a commentator for 205 Live and Main Event in addition to NXT UK.

It’s been reported that some people who were furloughed by WWE could be brought back once the company starts running events with fans.


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