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WWE released NXT stars Bodhi Hayward, Sloane Jacobs, Erica Yan, Damaris Griffin, and Ru Feng earlier this week.

Although many things have changed since Triple H took over WWE creative and talent relations, the company cutting talent regularly hasn’t.

Due to this, people have been wondering whether the company will end up letting go of more talent in the future.

While speaking on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE is still planning on regularly releasing NXT talent if they think they are not progressing as fast as the company wants.

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Meltzer also confirmed that in the case of Hayward, it was more about his work ethic than him not progressing.

“The feeling was that for all the people who were dropped, the main reason was lack of progression – they thought they weren’t improving fast enough. That’s going to be the case – they’re going to be cutting people at the 6-month mark, at the 1-year mark if they’re not progressing at a certain level. Anyone who doesn’t get to TV within two years will get cut. We’re going to get regular developmental cuts. But with Bodhi Hayward, it was more than that. It was the work ethic.”

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