WWE releases Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana

June 2 (UPI) -- WWE announced on Wednesday that they have released a number of professional wrestlers including Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett.

"WWE wishes them the best in all of their future endeavors," the company said in a statement.


Strowman, a former Universal Champion, last appeared on Raw in May where he discussed his excitement for seeing live fans again as WWE gears up to start touring following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strowman competed at WrestleMania 37 in April against Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage match and competed for the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash in May.

Black made a return to SmackDown recently where he attacked Big E during a Fatal 4-Way match for Apollo Crews' Intercontinental Championship. Black had started to introduce a new Dark Father persona during special segments on SmackDown in recent weeks.

"I'm gathering my thoughts as this was a complete left field for me as obviously we just started the dark father character but this was it, thank you so much WWE universe for allowing me to create and give you small bits of myself," Black said on Twitter.

Lana was featured on Raw Monday as she took on Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke alongside her tag team partner Naomi. Lana and Naomi also competed together at WrestleMania 37.

Lana was the former manager of Rusev, now Miro in AEW. Lana and Miro are married outside the ring.

Murphy was a former protege of Seth Rollins and was involved in a love story with Rey Mysterio's daughter Aalyah throughout 2020.

Riott was the leader of the Riott Squad, which also includes Liv Morgan and former WWE competitor Sarah Logan. The Riott Squad competed at WrestleMania 37 and lost against Natalya and Tamina last week on SmackDown.

Garrett competed on NXT and appeared during the 2021 Women's Royal Rumble match.

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