In yesterday's post, I wrote about WWE's latest batch of talent releases and claimed that Braun Strowman's firing was 'The Most Surprising WWE Release Since 1992' because I felt that Strowman's departure was out of left field just like when The Ultimate Warrior and The British Bulldog were sacked during the autumn of '92.
I have to correct myself. Kind of.
After publishing the post, I thought a little harder. There is another release that did not spring to mind when I was thinking of previous firings.
How could I have forgotten Bret Hart in 1997!?
In the latter part of that year, the then WWF Champion was informed by Vince McMahon that the World Wrestling Federation was in financial peril and was finding it difficult to pay Hart's contract. The company's owner told Hart that he should seek a deal from the rival promotion - World Championship Wrestling - and that set the ball rolling for Hart's employment with WWF to end.
It also lead to the double cross in Montreal, which is a story that has been told many, many times.
If I'm to consider how Hart's tenure with the WWF ended in a 'release' then, yes, Strowman's release was the most surprising since 1997. Not '92.
With that said, just because of the historical ramifications caused by Hart's 'release' in 1997, Strowman's firing is nothing when you contrast the two.
1997 remains the year of the 'Most Surprising WWE Release'.