The WWE is less one Diva as it begins the week. Barbara Blank otherwise known as Kelly Kelly has left the building. Blank and the WWE have come to terms on a mutual release which ends the six-year tenure of the former Divas champion.
[adinserter block=”2″]Now I wouldn’t exactly call Kelly Kelly a money player in the way I would a John Cena, Randy Orton, or CM Punk, but she was certainly a big cog in the WWE wheel. For the last several years she was the face of the WWE Divas division and arguably the most recognizable Diva that the WWE had on its roster. Quite frankly the division has taken a major hit now that she is gone.
In the ring I would never call Kelly Kelly a great pro wrestler. I may not even call her a good pro wrestler, but she was passable in her role. Let’s face it. She wasn’t there for her in-ring wrestling skills. But at the same time, I think she actually did a great job of coming into the business without any pro wrestling background and turning into a serviceable women’s wrestler inside of the ring.
Blank was discovered by John Laurinaitis while working as a bikini model. Yep, that is who the WWE were recruiting at that time. The WWE brought her to OVW for a tryout through her modeling agency in 2006 and she was signed shortly thereafter. She came up to the main roster through ECW in some memorable vignettes early on as an exhibitionist. Six years later she completed a successful WWE career earning one Divas championship and a lot of television time.
The release appeared to be a long time coming for Blank. Blank recently took a hiatus with the hopes of marketing herself to outside pro wrestling projects. She had reportedly wanted to re-negotiate her WWE deal to allow her to seek outside work without the interference of the company. Apparently the WWE opted to move on without her services rather than acquiesce to her requests. You could conclude that they weren’t too worried about life without her if they decided to let her go as opposed to giving her some flexibility on her deal.
[adinserter block=”1″]I certainly wouldn’t expect Blank to turn up in TNA Wrestling or anything wrestling in the near future. She will likely be hitting the pro wrestling convention circuit hard this summer. She reportedly is asking $10,000 per appearance which will probably either limit her opportunities before revising her price. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see her on a show like Dancing with the Stars in the near future as well.
WWE.com made the official announcement on September 28 with a two sentence blurb on the website.
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