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WWE release NINE of their biggest stars including Samoa Joe and legend Mickie James as Vince McMahon axes in Covid cuts

THE WWE has released NINE of its biggest stars in brutal Covid-19 cuts by Vince McMahon.

The wrestling company has got rid of Samoa Joe – a multi-champion – and women's legend Mickie James.

Both of the former IIconics tag-team duo of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are also gone, according to reports.

Chelsea Green – recently injured after making her SmackDown debut – has also been released.

Wesley Blake, Tucker, Kalisto and Bo Dallos make up the rest of the cuts in order to save money amid the pandemic.

It is understood more WWE stars could be released throughout the night and the numbers are set to increase.

Fans reacted with shock and fury at the announcement – with many upset at the sad news of job losses.

One said: "The way is was scrolling through Twitter it looked like hundreds."

Another added: "If there’s a company that shoots itself in the foot over and over and over again more than @WWE I would love to know about it."

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And one user commented: "What the WWE did to the IIconics is a Damn shame. Makes zero sense."

Astonishingly it comes EXACTLY a year since McMahon made his first round of coronavirus-related releases.

That included Kurt Angle, Zach Ryder, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows along with Heath Slater.

Many of the wrestlers went on to join bitter rival AEW, where they have gone on to have continued success.

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