WWE has released Steve Lombardi, better known as the The Brooklyn Brawler after 30 years with the company, according to PWInsider.
Lombardi was actually among those released last week, but WWE did not make it public knowledge on their website, like the eight talent releases.
Lombardi, who makes occasional appearance on WWE television as his Brawler persona has largely been working backstage overseeing and producing promos in recent years. He was seen as somebody who has had great influence over whether new talent get a bigger look in from the company.
During today’s WWE conference call, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was asked about the status of his son, Shane McMahon, following his recent return to the company.
McMahon said Shane has “come back as talent” and is part of an “ongoing storyline” with Stephanie McMahon.
He added his son has done “done extremely well” since returning for WrestleMania 32 against The Undertaker.
He did not indicate how long Shane plans to be featured on WWE programming or if he will assume a new executive role behind the scenes.
Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H has reportedly signed a new three-year talent contract to remain with WWE, according to PWInsider.
The deal which will run through until WrestleMania 35 will see Triple H, aka Paul Levesque be paid a $1 million downside guarantee. The deal will renew annually after that until either party decides that they want to end the deal.