As part of a massive amount of layoffs Wednesday, WWE has furloughed nine of their producers.
Lance Storm, Billy Kidman, Mike Rotunda, Dave “Fit” Finlay, Pat Buck, Shawn Daivari, Scott Armstrong, Sarah Stock, and Shane Helms were all put on furlough, a temporary suspension without pay for a period of time versus a layoff, meaning they could be brought back once company fortunes change.
The news was first reported by PWInsider and confirmed by our Dave Meltzer.
WWE announced financial changes on Wednesday in an effort to improve cash flow during the economic downturn caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. As of this writing, WWE has released more than 20 in-ring talents and former in-ring talents like Kurt Angle, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, EC3, Mike and Maria Kanellis, and others.
Kidman and Finlay have been with WWE since they acquired WCW in 2001 while Storm, Daivari, Buck, and Helms were all part of hirings within the last year.