Not all of the news at this past week’s WWE RAW took place on live television or in front of the crowd for that matter. According to reports, WWE security turned away recently fired WWE Diva Melina Perez and refused to let her in the building in San Jose, California.
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer broke the story on his F4Wonline.com podcast Tuesday morning. According to Meltzer, Melina showed up with boyfriend John Morrison at RAW Monday night and only one of them got in. Meltzer reports that the WWE banned Perez from the event just days after being fired.
Melina herself confirmed the news on Twitter last night. “@artistLA323 No. I’m still fired. I had this trip planned prior. I stand by my man. I was told I couldn’t go IN the arena 2 watch. Funny.”
One can look at this a couple of different ways. Was it unfair of the WWE to kick her while she was down after giving the company seven years worth of service? Was it fair of the company to put John Morrison in an unenviable position of choosing the company or his girlfriend, a similar situation presented to Jerry Lawler and his wife many years ago? Was all of this even necessary with the tour ended Monday night and they could have pulled Morrison aside and made it clear to him out of sight that she was not welcome to future events?
Another way of looking at it would be to question Melina and Morrison’s judgment. Melina has obviously stirred up a lot of heat in seven years with the WWE. Should someone that caused that much trouble for seven years be welcome into the locker room without consequences? Wouldn’t her showing up be perceived as Morrison and Melina making a mockery out of her firing? Was it fair to put other WWE superstars and WWE Divas in the position of getting heat for associating with her? Why should the WWE show her any hospitality after she went on Twitter and tried to start a revolt? There are certainly a lot of sides you can take if you wanted to turn this into a fair and balanced debate.
Personally, I like Melina. I interviewed her once years ago and she couldn’t have been sweeter. However, her numerous incidents are well documented and saying she caused quite a bit of trouble during her WWE tenure would probably be an understatement. I hate to see things end like this for anyone because at the end of the day the company will move on and it will be her that looks like a fool. Yet at the same time, she probably couldn’t have picked a worse time to push the company’s hand.
As for Morrison, well take a look at this recent win/loss record and tell me if he isn’t paying for his girlfriends bad behavior.