Just seen this video pop up in my YouTube feed of Christy Hemme talking about her Playboy shoot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6hJvnhzROU and she got the promotion some pre WrestleMania attention with the Playboy, she was keen to learn wrestling and even to this day she is the hottest woman in wrestling, IMO.
Do you think WWE dropped the ball with her release?
No. She really sucked on the ring and the only reason she was at Wrestlemania was because Lita get injured.
The best part about her was when Trish bullied her (and when she bullied Lita too, that was great )
No. She was too tiny to be a believable wrestler, even in the era of diva search girls. She also wasn't good in the ring, and even in TNA never improved. I remember she got disoriented during a pillow fight match and almost walked into the camera and hit her head Rumors surrounding her release also said she acted "inappropriately" around several wrestlers, including HHH which led to her getting fired.
She didn't have much to offer really. Just another pretty face that you can easily hire more of, and if she was fired unfairly out of spite from Stephanie, she's better off being away from the crazy McMahon clan.