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Additional details have emerged regarding the recent round of WWE talent cuts that took place this week. The news was initially reported by Fightful Select, indicating that Jinder Mahal, Xia Li, Xyon Quinn, and the Indus Sher duo of Veer and Sanga were released from the company due to budget cuts. The specific reasons communicated to the talent remain undisclosed.

The affected talents were notified of their release by WWE on Friday evening. Sources within WWE have revealed that the decision to release these individuals was made by the company’s higher-ups. The criteria for the cuts were based on a combination of factors, including the talent’s lack of presence on television due to creative not having storyline opportunities for them, as well as their progression within the company and tenure.

Following the news of the releases spreading online, both Mahal and Li took to social media to comment on the situation. Meanwhile, wrestlers at the WWE SmackDown tapings on Friday night were also becoming aware of what had transpired. Unlike previous instances, there were no official memos sent out to announce the releases, as WWE has stopped publicly announcing such news for a number of years now.

It was noted that Mahal had recently been seen at a WWE NXT taping where he was reportedly offering advice and assistance to those in attendance. His departure from the company was confirmed to be a release, contradicting his social media post claiming he had voluntarily left. Xia Li, on the other hand, had been working closely with Shawn Michaels for her feud with the then-NXT Women’s Champion Lyra Valkyria. She was even initially advertised for a Monday night battle royal to crown a new WWE Women’s World Champion, with graphics being created prior to her release being communicated to the graphics team.

There were no specific incidents cited as the cause for the releases this week, as all of the released talent were reportedly well-liked within the company. The departures were attributed to the ongoing evaluation of talent roster and budget considerations.

Overall, the recent WWE talent cuts have brought about a wave of uncertainty within the wrestling community. Fans and colleagues alike are left wondering about the future endeavors of those who have been let go, and how these changes will impact the WWE landscape moving forward.