Former WWE Superstar Emma made her first appearance on the independent circuit since leaving WWE.
Last year, WWE released a handful of Superstars from both NXT and the main roster. The names let go included wrestlers such as Summer Rae and Darren Young. No offense to either of those former Superstars, but it felt as if their WWE departure was coming sooner rather than later. One of the more surprising releases of the batch was Emma.
Mere days before the Aussie was released from her contract and wished well in her future endeavors Emma was wrestling Asuka. Emma was The Empress of Tomorrow's first real rivalry on Raw and it said a lot about what higher-ups at WWE thought of the now former star by having her be Asuka's first real foe. Clearly, that opinion changed within a matter of days for some reason.
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As is being proved time and time again recently though WWE is not the be all and end all for pro wrestlers. Emma looks set to be the next to prove that as she returned to the independent circuit this past weekend for the first time since she was hired by WWE back in 2012. The Australian picked up a win over Angelina Love of Impact Wrestling fame in her first match back at an event for WrestlePro.
While the indies can be a profitable and successful place for wrestlers nowadays, there are some things those who have previously been at WWE cannot do. For the most part, one of those things is to use the name that made them famous under Vince McMahon. Emma is not exempt from that rule which is why she will be known by her real name Tenille Dashwood while working the independents.
Emma's in-ring talent was often underappreciated in WWE. Many fans forget that she was the losing party in the match to crown the first ever NXT Women's Champion against Paige. All hope is not lost for those who do want to see her back in WWE one day though as apparently the door will be left open for her to return sometime in the near future.