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What Led To Kelly Kelly’s WWE Release – Officials Reportedly Upset With Risque Photos

by Amish Patel - October 03, 2012

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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 resistant 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 an advertisement campaign shoot last Thursday for Let It 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 led company officials to cutting ties with her the next day.

Another factor in Kelly’s resistance to remaining in WWE for several more years could be tied to her health since she had been dealing with neck issues from wrestling. WWE officials requested that she see Dr. Joseph Maroon, the company’s medical director. 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 years later and too old to pursue entertainment opportunities. It is believed that she would have stayed with WWE had they allowed her to 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.

(source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

  • sam mccourt

    @StudDog certain things aren’t needed…most of your first comment being one

  • barry horowitz

    @tombstone why dont you suck stud dogs dick you fuckin homo all marking out for the guy and having his back.

  • StudDog

    @Tombstone
    Thanks bro but I got this.

    @sam mccourt
    Who the hell yanked your chain? I put her real name in parenthesis because I had refered to her by her stage name. No other reason than that, I am very well aware that most everyone knows her real name. I missed the L big deal.
    Now lets be honest, The only reason for you to make any comment to me was to try and make yourself look like a big shot. Guess what? I didnt work. Nothing wrong at all with my comment, and if you notice I put “personally” to let you know that it was my opinion. Not in anyway trying to speak for everyone else. So what exactly is your problem?

  • Tombstone

    @sam mccourt
    Why did you feel the need to make this comment? Trying to make yourself feel smart? So the dude used brackets and missed a letter. Who the hell died and made you the grammar police?

  • ##

    Kelly never fit the role she was given. Trish and Lita were good wrestlers who looked great. No Diva WWE has had has it all like both of those women. Kelly will be forgotten.

  • Jayareeeeeeeee

    Does anyone have a link to these pictures ?

  • Paton

    is she that thick that she thought she would get a deal to only appear occasionally?

  • sam mccourt

    @StudDog i believe it is Barbera Blank and why put that in brackets as if we didn’t know her real name, not that we needed to know her real name, are you trying to look smart or something?

  • StudDog

    Personally I think Kelly Kelly (Barbera Banks) is very attractive. I know she is not a great ring performer but she had made some progress. Going to miss seeing her on tv.

  • Raziel

    “Officials Reportedly Upset With Risque Photos” I take it they’re not the same officials who hired her after seeing her pics in a bikini catalog?

  • PinkSinCara

    Kelly Kelly was nothing special. Just a pretty face who can pull off a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. She’s no Trish or Lita, and will be quickly forgotten.

  • Hasan

    Where do I see the pics? :3

  • Men on a Mission

    Sad that Jericho couldn’t get a “Mick Foley deal.” Even more sad is that nobody else will ever reach “Undertaker deal” level.

  • Jerk Factor

    Yes Kelly Kelly is attractive and yes I would ‘hit that’ but still as a wrestler/personality she was the most boring un charismatic idiot of all time.

  • DEE1ANDONLY

    hmm thats y maria mickie kelly beth melina when it comes to women especially WWE wants to control them as much as some of the men its not her fault that shes so in demand outside of wrestlin hell thats WWE fault for makin her that way i mean to me kelly is cute nice body n all but if the woman wants to do other thangs then damn it she can im sure WWE can find some more non wrestling models to control

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