We saw this coming. I did. You did. We all did.
Kelly Kelly, a drop-dead gorgeous diva whose limitations in the ring didn't keep her from being heavily featured as one of WWE's top female acts, has been released from her WWE contract, according to a WWE.com report.
Following a high-profile photo shoot with Maxim magazine, the wheels for Kelly Kelly's farewell tour bus had already begun to go 'round and 'round.
Like Sable. Like Trish. Like Lita. Like Stacy, Kelly Kelly was introduced to a world of color and endless opportunity the same way Dorothy was in The Wizard of Oz when she she left Kansas.
In weighing the options between being a sub-par yet unmistakeably attractive WWE Diva and a lucrative mainstream bombshell, Kelly Kelly intelligently opted to ditch the boots, head for the nearest backdrop and never look back.
Kelly Kelly's departure may tie into a bigger story in 2012 for WWE Divas, as fellow high-profile Divas the Bella Twins and Kharma also left the WWE earlier this year, with decorated diva Beth Phoenix expected to follow suit.
Since RAW went to three hours, segments featuring the WWE Divas division have been alarmingly sparse and at times nonexistent.
The lack of in-ring action between WWE Divas in conjunction with top divas quitting the company is yet another catalyst for a familiar conversation of whether the WWE can—or better yet should—move forward with their Divas division.
F4WOnline has already reported that the impending departure of Beth Phoenix will not be the last time we hear about a WWE Diva leaving, and the WWE will have a serious project on their hands if they look to rebuild an already depleted division with underdeveloped talent.
Last week, I went on record in saying that the looming departure of Beth Phoenix would mark the end of an era within the WWE Divas division. Given the continued mass exodus of top female stars, this could be the ending of much more than just an era.
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