Though it's been expected for some time, it's finally official: Eva Marie is leaving the WWE.
The Total Divas star took to Twitter to let her fans know, saying "Today I'm saying a bittersweet goodbye to @WWE. Thanks to the entire team, and YOU, my fans, for these 4 years!"
Marie hasn't been seen in a WWE ring since she was suspended for a wellness violation on Aug. 18, 2016, and last month, she revealed she will not be on the latest season of Total Divas on E!. Since her suspension, the former WWE Superstar made a name for herself as an actor, making her film debut under the name Natalie Eva Marie in the thriller Inconceivable starring Nic Cage.
In the ring, however, no Superstar in recent memory was hated quite as much as Marie. Throughout her time in the WWE, fans rejected the former fitness model as the company shifted towards female competitors rewarded for their ring work. This didn't stop the WWE from pushing Marie to a prominent role in the company though. At one point, she was involved in a storyline on Total Divas where she was trained by The Brian Kendrick, resulting in "All Red Everything" getting a shot at the NXT Women's Championship against the beloved Bayley, where Marie was met with showers of boos and "you can't wrestle" chants.
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Still, Marie made her return to the main roster soon enough, getting drafted to SmackDown Live in the brand split where she would constantly tease in-ring competition with an elaborate entrance, before making an excuse to back out. There was never any payoff to this angle though, as she was suspended shortly after.
The suspension wasn't without controversy, however. Shortly after the company announced her punishment, Marie's husband took to Twitter saying she was "unjustly suspended" and that further details were coming. The WWE Superstar eventually cleared the air saying she was punished for not handing in certain paperwork before an internal deadline.
Before that mess, Marie appeared to be on the cusp of some kind of stardom within the WWE, and in that sense, her departure should be considered a loss. But she's been out of competition for almost a year at this point, and in that time the Women's divisions on both Raw and Smackdown Live evolved to a point where someone of Marie's capabilities would surely be left behind.
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