There were people in NXT blindsided by some of today's releases.
Harland (Parker Boudreaux) had not been appearing alongside Joe Gacy as of late so they had to know that they were going to cut him but others caught people off guard.
Dave Meltzer reported that although Malcolm Bivens declined to re-sign with the company, they recently started a new storyline with him and there was a lot planned for him. Meltzer stated that his release "blindsided the people in creative at NXT." The same goes for Persia Pirotta, who was in a storyline on TV and she had recently brought a house.
Another cut that blindsided people in NXT is Dexter Lumis because he is the storyline husband of Indi Hartwell. Meltzer noted that creative was given no time to come up with a storyline reason to explain why he's gone.
Dakota Kai reportedly had nothing left in NXT and management felt like she wasn't good enough for the main roster. Click here for backstage news on her release.