As announced last Friday by WWE, the sports-entertainment organization came to terms on the release of Kelly Kelly, ending her six-year run with the company. Her departure had been expected since she decided to take a hiatus in late May.
Those close to the situation thought it was likely her tenure was coming to an end after she was cold on signing a long-term contract extension and had requested time off from the road. Company officials granted her time off under the belief that she would return full-time. However, those close to her say she wasn't sure about resuming a full-time schedule and was looking to pursue non-wrestling endeavors.
Her situation is similar to many other talents who have left the company, particularly women, in the past two years. She was forced to reject numerous media offers, either because WWE didn’t want her involved or because WWE has made its product too kid-friendly that companies don't want to associate with them. The matter is tied to women, because of those limitations.
Since Kelly had already earned her downside guarantee for the year and had no intention on returning full-time, there was no money left for her to earn by not asking for her release. Plus, she wanted to pursue outside opportunities sooner rather than later.
During a advertisement campaign shoot last Thursday for Let if Fly Energy, an energy drink line, she received a text message from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events. He informed her that by the terms of her contract, she needed to have a calendar that she planned to sell on her official website approved by the company. She had tweeted previews of some risqué lingerie pictures and the company demanded she take them down. She had no intention on calling off the project, which resulted in the company cutting ties with her the next day.
Another factor in Kelly's resistance to remaining in WWE for several more years can be tied to her health since she had been dealing with neck issues from wrestling. WWE officials requested that she see Dr. Joseph Maroon, head of medical. She preferred to be examined by her own doctor. With the accumulated injuries, she wanted to stop wrestling full-time at the age of 25 rather than be physically broken down and too old to pursue entertainment opportunities. It is believed that she would have stayed with WWE had they let her make occasional appearances.
WWE did not perceive Kelly as reaching a level known as the "Mick Foley deal," where a talent is under contract, works occasionally, and is free to pursue outside endeavors. WWE does not want create a precedent where talent have control over what they do, which is an issue currently affecting their relationship with Chris Jericho.
All i can say is good riddance, see you in the Vivid Entertainment films worthless skank.
Great to see Kelly take control of her career and not take shit from WWE.
I totally agree with that. From reading that report I find it wrong how they were telling her to take down the preview photos from her calendar that is available to buy soon as they werent PG. Fuck you WWE thats her project and im glad she told them where to go and asked to be released. Barbie will do so much more now shes free from that company and I bet when she becomes even bigger WWE will soon come crawling back to her wanting her to be apart of the company again.
Haters on here need to face facts Kelly Kelly was the top diva in WWE, she was used most on the tv shows, house shows, she did all WWE media, she was on all the WWE promotional stuff. She did damn good from coming into the company as just a model with no experience to becoming a wrestler she clearly worked her ass off to get to where she is today. She earnt the respect off her colleagues and the fans and that says it all
She could of been the future of the divas division considering shes only 25 years old but clearly she got out as the divas division right now sucks and there barely getting tv time and there not getting any storylines
From the looks of this it seems she made the right decision.
You never know what the true physical state of a wrestler is like, and since obviously Kelly's profession requires her to be beautiful and young, it would have been foolish of her to remain with WWE when they didn't let her do anything that could damage company image or restricted her bookings.
For those that don't know, WWE did the same thing with Stacy Keibler (forcing her to turn down a role in Sex in the City), Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, all who received outside interest while they were with WWE. This was nothing new and she made the right decision.
Happy she's gone, but also happy that she had none of the company's ridiculous controlling regime. Win-win for everybody! Well, maybe not WWE but screw them anyway for hiring Kelly back in 2006 and screw them for trying to impose themselves as business thugs on members of their 'family' when they've had enough.