|I don't think I've cried so much in one night of wrestling. Ever.|
|Local "Wrestler" Ruins Everything|
|I'll miss you, fellow countryman.|
Damien Sandow didn't even ask for his release, and while he hasn't spoken out against the company or seemed angry about being let go, the fans certainly have been. Sandow tirelessly worked every gimmick and every angle he was given and had the sort of charismatic personality that meant he got himself over, no matter how stupid the company's plan had seemed at first. He'll be a loss to wrestling if he gives it up, but a gain to any profession lucky enough to have him.
The worst loss for WWE, however, has to be that of Cody Rhodes—son of late WWE legend Dusty Rhodes. Cody asked for his release because he felt the company refused to listen to him, and that after he'd put in the time and energy with them, that there should be some respect for his work. Instead, he was saddled with the Stardust gimmick—which, to be fair to him, he made his own—but that he quickly felt he had outgrown, He wanted larger roles, bigger parts; he wanted to be part of something more than a WrestleMania ladder match again and again. This release, more than any others, speaks of WWE's failure to understand their roster, and worse, a failure to care about them. For the child of a company legend to ask for his release and demand better treatment suggests that WWE doesn't understand company loyalty or how to reward hard work.
|Legacy kids leaving? Poor form, WWE.|
Having left the company, Cody is now booked for his first match outside of WWE, and it's going to be against former WWF Champion and gold medal Olympian Kurt Angle. That's a hell of a first match to walk into straight out of quitting the company who are supposed to be the big time, and that's the danger. If WWE keeps misusing strong talent and refusing to push smaller guys (or those that don't meet Vince's specifications), they're going to lose them to other promotions, and they'll gain a worse reputation than they already have. They'll cease to be seen as the big time. Despite all the money and the fame in WWE, no one's dream involves being a bit-player for a decade and watching your money dwindle before being unceremoniously fired because the company grew tired of having you around. WWE needs to be careful with its talent or risk losing all of it to other, better opportunities.