STAMFORD, Conn (AP) — WWE has started releasing professional wrestlers in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came after pro wrestling was deemed "essential" in an order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The order from DeSantis allows WWE to put on shows without fans in the Orlando area. WWE announced Wednesday it made various moves to cut costs and improve cash flow. Several top stars under contract were let go, including wrestlers known professionally as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.

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