The women of WWE are currently going through a Women’s Revolution which included inviting back a number of legends for the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match that happened last weekend. Even though there were a number of legends in that match from the past few generations, there were also a number of women who were obviously missing from the event that the company no longer wish to be associated with because of the things that they have done since their release from WWE. Some of these things are minor, but some are very serious.
Wrestling isn’t a career that has a very long shelf life and over the course of history, there are a few women who have lasted less than a year in WWE before they were given their marching orders. Their brush with the spotlight was enough to kickstart a career for them, but it was a career that WWE themselves given their current PG banner can’t become associated with. This could mean they made some questionable decisions when choosing a role in a film or choosing a line of work that conflicts with WWE’s new wholesome image.
It’s hard for many women to be able to go back to having a normal life after they have been seen as mere eye candy on WWE TV. This could be why there are a number of women whose lives have fallen apart since their release. The following list looks at just 15 of them.
15. Nicole Bass
Nicole Bass didn’t have a lengthy wrestling career with WWE but is perhaps best remembered for her time as Sable’s bodyguard. This storyline led her into a number of other feuds before she abruptly left the company and filed a harassment lawsuit and claimed that she was assaulted by Steve Lombardi while she was working for WWE.
The case went to court and was ultimately dismissed in 2003, but Nicole began continued to wrestle, she just worked for Independent Promotions instead. Bass later dropped into a career in “entertainment” and was the star of a number of movies while struggling with a number of illnesses related to her substance abuse, before she sadly passed away in February last year at the age of 52 after she was reported to have suffered a stroke.
Melina is a former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion but even though she was a talented wrestler, Melina’s ego became a huge problem for her and the people who were close to her. She was released by WWE back in 2011 and later caused her boyfriend John Morrison to be released as well because she would come to work with him on a regular basis.
Melina has since been reduced to working Independent Circuit events since the likes of Lucha Underground and Ring of Honor didn’t want to sign her to a permanent deal and then after she decided to post embarrassing items online about her boyfriend of 10 years, Morrison broke up with Melina as well. Morrison is now set to marry fellow superstar Taya Valkyrie later this year.
13. Ashley Massaro
Ashley Massaro won the 2005 Raw Diva Search and this was the beginning of a short run for Ashley in the Women’s Division on Monday Night Raw. Ashley asked for her WWE release after it was revealed that her daughter was ill and she needed to return home permanently to look after her.
Massaro has since been begging for a return to the company since she’s been reduced to making appearances at events and trying to cling onto the fact that she was a WWE Diva and a Playboy Covergirl a decade ago. She was even embarrassed by a troll on Twitter a few years ago when they pretended to be Stephanie McMahon and invited her to Raw and she couldn’t say yes quick enough. She was another name who was missing from the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
12. Major Gunns
Tylene Buck is perhaps best known for her brief WCW career where she was one of the Nitro Girls, this came to an end back in 2001 when WCW was sold to WWE and her contract isn’t one that was picked up.
Buck is another woman who made her way into the spotlight and saw only one direction for herself afterwards. She worked as a wrestler in Double Trouble Wrestling for a while, which is a promotion that allows fans to work as the booker and take charge of a number of matches, turning them into erotic bouts. In 2005 she left the wrestling business to pursue a career in “film” online as well as starring in a number of questionable and unwholesome films.
11. Jillian Hall
Jillian Hall’s wrestling career will best be remembered for the number of botches and terrible singing throughout. Despite this, WWE thought she was a draw and allowed her to remain with the company until her contract expired in 2010.
Since her release Jillian has had a number of issues of her own, the former Divas Champion suffered a miscarriage back in 2011, merely months after she and her new husband had announced that they were expecting their first child. She was then arrested a year later and charged with battery, something that later led to her and her husband separating. Jillian has been working on getting her life back on track over the past few years and officially announced her retirement from wrestling back in 2014.
Kharma hardly even had a WWE career, the company did have huge plans for her, which is why there was an altercation with The Bella Twins after she announced that she was pregnant.
Kharma was allowed to leave the company to give birth but later revealed that she had asked for her release. It was then reported that she had suffered a miscarriage, something that she attempted to keep a secret for a while when TMZ reported that she had infact given birth. She later returned to TNA but was released from the company back in 2016 after an altercation with Matt Hardy’s wife Reby Sky, the powerhouse hasn’t been seen on the wrestling circuit since and it is currently unknown as to what she has been doing for the past year.
9. Luna Vachon
Any wrestling fan who saw Luna wrestle will tell you that she was ahead of her time, she had a fantastic career but she could have done so much more if the company were ready for someone like her, but they weren’t. Luna was released from WWE in 2000 apparently due to an outburst backstage and then went on to wrestle on the Independent Circuit for a number of years.
Vachon’s home was destroyed by a fire in 2009 and all of her possessions were ruined, which forced her to then move in with her mother. Mick Foley tried to get her to return to wrestling with TNA but she refused, stating that she was retired, merely months later she was found dead by her mother after it was revealed that she had died from an “overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepine”. Vachon was addicted to medication and went to rehab which was paid for by WWE, something that she had only completed the year before.
8. Carmella DeCesare
The Diva Search brought a number of female wrestlers to the company throughout it’s run before it came to an end back in 2007, but one of the women who was brought to the company through the 2004 Diva Search was Carmella DeCesare. Even though she was only with the company for a few weeks after the Diva Search came to an end, she made quite the impression.
Since her release, she has been arrested and pleaded not guilty to assault after a fight in a bar back in August 2004 just months after her release. She was acquitted of the assault but found guilty of violating a restraining order. She was sentenced to do twenty-four hours of community service and given one-year probation as well as being fined $150.
7. Shelly Martinez
Shelly Martinez will be best remembered as Ariel during her run as a valet in ECW for fellow Vampire Kevin Thorn. The pairing was brief and Shelly was released from her WWE contract in May 2007. She later went on to work for TNA a company that she has wrestled for off and on for the past decade.
In her personal life, Martinez has appeared in a number of questionable films, like a number of other wrestling women who have left the company and were unsure of which direction to take. Martinez has appeared in many films of this type and turned to modelling to further her career, having posed nude a number of times throughout her career. She has also been quite forthcoming about the fact that she is an advocate of medical marijuana.
6. Stacy Carter
Stacy Carter will best be remembered as Miss Kitty or The Kat during her run in WWE and was the real-life wife of WWE commentator Jerry Lawler. Carter was released from the company back in 2001 after it was reported that Vince McMahon decided to end the angle that she was part of.
Lawler quit the company to show solidarity with his wife but later returned when it was revealed that she had cheated on him and the duo divorced. She worked as an estate agent in Lee County, Florida for a while before she was linked to a number of other wrestlers and became engaged to Nick Cvjetkovich. Carter still remains at odds with WWE even though it’s been almost two decades since her release, which is why she won’t be returning to celebrate with the company anytime soon.
Sunny is considered to be the first ever WWE Diva by many WWE fans, but ever since she was released from WWE, the company have tried to distance themselves from the former valet given the things that Sunny has been up to.
She has been arrested a number of times, been outed as someone who was taking money from fans to perform private Skype sessions as well as revealing inappropriate information about former and current WWE stars in interviews. Sunny will do anything to remain relevant to the extent that just last week she decided to declare that there are a number of women on the current roster who are not attractive enough to be WWE Divas. She has failed to evolve with the women of WWE.
Debra was part of WWE around the same time as Sable and Nicole Bass and is another female wrestler that wouldn’t have been rated very highly by the WWE Universe, but will never be invited back to WWE, because of how her marriage with WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin ended.
The couple were only married for around two years when it was reported that Austin had filed for divorce after a number of domestic incidents between the Debra and Steve. Debra left WWE merely months before this and the company tried to cover up a lot of what Steve had done. Debra went on to work for a number of charities that help women who have been victims of domestic violence, this is what she has dedicated her life to, even though WWE didn’t think about giving her the same kind of help at the time.
Cherry is someone that many of the WWE Universe perhaps won’t remember, she was the valet of Deuce and Domino for around a year on SmackDown and also was able to have a handful of matches of her own against the likes of Victoria and Natalya. Cherry was released from WWE back in 2008 apparently due to issues with her weight and her career took a nosedive from there.
Unlike many women on this list, Cherry’s entire life didn’t fall apart, just her wrestling career. Cherry has been spotted a number of times on Total Divas since she is still friends with Natalya, but she now works as a baker and cake decorator in Florida. Quite a turn around for the former skating star.
Sable is someone who was signed to WWE in a time when the women were only seen as eye candy and didn’t have to possess a lot of actual skill in the ring. This could be why she wasn’t invited back to WWE for The Royal Rumble, even though her husband Brock Lesnar was part of the event and she was probably in attendance anyway.
Sable filed a $110 million lawsuit against the company, citing allegations of harassment and unsafe working conditions and Sean Waltman also admitted that at the time Sable wasn’t well liked backstage. She did return to the company a few years later and seemed to end on much better terms with WWE, but Sable has avoided the spotlight over the past few years and turned into a stay at home mother to her children, the former Women’s Champion doesn’t even have Instagram as she has completely cut herself off from the world.
Chyna will be best remembered as the only female to ever lift the Intercontinental Championship, the first female to take part in a Royal Rumble match and as a member of DX alongside her boyfriend at the time, Triple H.
Triple H’s affair with Stephanie McMahon led to Chyna’s release, which left her in a position where she didn’t know what to do so instead she began a relationship with X-Pac became addicted to a number of substances and then started a career in “film”. Chyna’s story is definitely a sad one since she was a woman that inspired a number of women to become wrestlers in that era, she herself struggled to find her feet for a number of years after her release.
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