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    WWE Releases Several UK Talents as NXT Europe Announced

    WWE announced on Thursday that it would be growing its NXT brand internationally with the creation of NXT Europe. At the same time, a handful of NXT UK superstars have been released from the company.

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    Taking to Twitter, a handful of NXT UK superstars, including Wild Boar (Michael Hitchman), Flash Morgan Webster (Gavin Watkins), Mark Andrews, Jack Starz, Ashton Smith, Dave Mastiff, Millie Mckenzie, Kirsty Bosley, Sam Gradwell, Sha Samuels, Nina Samuels, Primate, Dani Luca, Rohan Raja, and Kenny Williams all announced that they had been released by WWE. Each of the superstars thanked the WWE for their time and didn’t offer up any specific plans for what’s next in their careers.

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    While it’s unknown if the creation of NXT Europe is the exact reason for the talent being released, it does come at exactly the same time. The official announcement of NXT Europe did note that it would be reimagining the brand as well as its talent pipeline with a “Pan European focus,” so it’s likely that WWE is attempting to bring in some new talent to grow into major superstars, as they did with former NXT UK talent Rhea Ripley, Doudrop, Gunther, and Butch.

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