UPDATE: Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reports that Josh Bredl was not among the NXT Superstars released this week. Reports that Bredl was among the released names first appeared on Wrestling News Source. We are leaving the article in place and regret the error.
ORIGINAL STORY: In addition to Simon Gotch and Tajiri, WWE’s post-WrestleMania spring cleaning includes a batch of Superstars and announcers from NXT.
According to Wrestling News Source, the latest names to get the axe are former Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl, NXT competitor Chris Atkins, and backstage interviewer Andrea DiMarco.
Bredl is the most notable name on the list as 2015’s male winner of the sixth season of Tough Enough, earning a $250,000, one-year contract. He made his in-ring debut for NXT in December of that year under the name Bronson Matthews. He also competed as “The Yeti,” but not the giant mummy that once sexually assaulted Hulk Hogan.
Atkins, affectionately known at With Spandex as “the worst wrestler in the history of NXT,” joined the WWE Performance Center in November of 2015 and began competing in-ring and on television in 2016. He once lost to Mojo Rawley in one move, and once lost to Eric Young after delivering no offense whatsoever.
DiMarco is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and Florida Panthers reporter who began ring announcing for NXT and handling backstage interview duties in early 2016. She also occasionally appeared on WWE television and pay-per-view pre-shows, as seen above.
As always, we (in addition to WWE) wish the released talent the best in their future endeavors.