February 27, 2010 4 Comments
WWE announced three releases from the company yesterday in Maria, Shane “Hurricane” Helms and Paul Burchill. None of these come as a huge surprise.
According to some, Maria has been looking to move on from wrestling and expand her opportunities, a la Stacy Keibler. She has not had much to do on her own lately, as the Celebrity Apprentice has limited her storyline possibilities. That makes two WWE Divas lost to reality TV appearances.
Helms (who WWE finally announced was the Hurricane) was finally rising through the ranks of Smackdown as a bitter heel, but was stopped flat when a neck injury took him out of action for over a year. When he came back, he was inexplicably turned to a backstage announcer, which eventually transitioned back to his popular Hurricane character. Unfortunately, a recent arrest for drunkenness pulled him from the air, and he was gone once ECW ended. Look for him in TNA.
Paul Burchill really perplexes me. Not that he was released, but that he was never really used. He’s got a good look, size and talent, but the WWE simply never used him. His pirate gimmick was crazy over with the fans, but got nixed quickly. He did an awesome job in OVW, but came back to WWE and was used mainly as a jobber. Really a tragic waste. I’d expect to see him in ROH before TNA, as I’m not sure a talented young guy would have a place in the Hogan regime.