Fans stunned as Arn Anderson leaves WWE after 17 years in crucial role
Hall of Famer Arn Anderson has reportedly been released by WWE .
The legendary former Four Horsemen member departed the company yesterday, according to the Pro Wrestling Sheet website.
The 60-year-old wrestling great, nicknamed ‘Double A’, had been working behind the scenes as a producer at the WWE since May 2002.
Anderson had retired in 1997 due to various injuries and health issues following a distinguished 15-year career which saw him capture numerous titles in the then WWF and WCW.
‘The Enforcer’ was best known as a founding member of The Four Horsemen- a stable that also included the likes of Ric Flair, Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard- and that legendary group paved the way for future stables such as the nWo and D-Generation X.
His role as producer since 2002 saw Anderson work with WWE talent to lay out matches and he also mentored younger superstars to help develop their in-ring and promo work.
In 2012, Anderson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Four Horsemen.
The reason for Anderson’ departure is not yet clear, but it would not be surprising to see the new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion make a play for Double A’s services.
One fan commented on Twitter : "Why would WWE let go of Arn Anderson? He’s one of the great minds of wrestling and WWE needs people like this behind the scenes."
Another posted: "WWE has let go of Arn Anderson I can’t see the sense in this. Someone please explain this?"
A further viewer said: "I can see it now. Arn Anderson to AEW!"
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