Earlier this week, a handful of WWE superstars were released from the company. This included women's division star Summer Rae, who joined the WWE in 2011 and began her training in Florida Championship Wrestling. WWE also released Darren Young and Emma, without giving an explanation why—but simply stated that the company "wishes them the best in all of their future endeavors."
On her official Instagram page, Summer Rae released a lengthy statement regarding the release. She concluded it with the following words:
"So please don't fight with one another about me & start boards about Justice for Summer Rae. Know that I DID IT! I am a WWE Diva, a WWE Superstar. And no one will ever be able to take that away from me!"
They say you'll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Well that wasn't true in this situation. I knew the value of this moment, I knew the magnitude of this moment. I hear some of you say "but you didn't become champ", "you didn't get the push you deserved", "you didn't get a title run". But see, I got MY title. I became a WWE Diva. ---------- In this picture above, my in ring debut on TV, I knew the value of that moment. In that moment I became a WWE Diva. I could take a small, very small breath of relief because I did it! For so many years I dreamt of stepping onto that main stage of Monday Night Raw & then getting into that ring with these strong, beautiful, smart & courageous women. I wanted to be one of them. I knew I could be one of them! I felt it SO deep down in my heart. Once it happened I of course set more goals for myself within the company & trained harder to reach them. But the people that flood my comments with these things that I 'should have' gotten -- you guys are missing the overall dream that I achieved. That I went to Monday Night RAW as a fan & sat in the crowd & watched the girls & wanted that more than anything I had ever felt in my body ever before. Then, I did it. I did it. 😊 I've wrestled in over 15 countries on 4 continents & made friends in fans all over the world. I have had the opportunity to live out my dream! And that is because God blessed me with obtaining my dream through hard work & determination. So please don't fight with one another about me & start boards about Justice for Summer Rae. Know that I DID IT! I am a WWE Diva, a WWE Superstar. And no one will ever be able to take that away from me! ❤️
It appears that Rae left the WWE on nothing but good terms, which isn't always the case. Past stars like CM Punk, Ryback, and Cody Rhodes had somewhat ugly and/or bitter departures from the company. But Rae was able to come to terms with this news in a classy and professional matter.
Despite being in the WWE for six years, Rae struggled to reach the top of the women's division. She was used avidly as a dance partner for Fandango, which may have wasted some other opportunities for her.
Rae never held a championship in the WWE, and the critics weren't keen on her, either. In 2015, Rolling Stone listed her and Rusev's feud with Dolph Ziggler and Lana as the Worst Storyline of the year. In 2013, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter listed the women's Survivor Series tag team match (which featured Rae) as the Worst Worked Match of the Year.
Rae also hadn't appeared on WWE television in over a year, prior to her release. She took time off due to a series of injuries and had only had a few matches in 2016. So at the end of the day, her release from the company isn't all that surprising.