In shocking WWE news on Sunday, women's superstar Emma has reportedly been released by the WWE. The surprising news arrives just about a week after Emma was involved in a huge debut match at the WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2017 pay-per-view. That makes Emma's release by WWE seem even more shocking based on the timing of when it happened.
An official statement was given by the WWE website earlier on Sunday simply titled, "Emma released." Not a whole lot of additional information was given other than WWE saying they'd "come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Emma," and also wished her "the best in all of her future endeavors." That's the standard note that WWE provides with most releases of their talent, with no further information given. Usually, backstage reports begin to surface after the release to better explain what went down.
While it's unknown if Emma requested her own release or if it was WWE's decision, it certainly raises some speculation. There were various reports indicating WWE was unhappy with Asuka's debut match which had Emma as her opponent at TLC 2017. The main criticism was that the way the match went made Emma appear as the stronger competitor who dominated Asuka for a good bit of the match before the new star got her win.
Emma had been built up to be Asuka's first major opponent once she arrived at the main roster. The Aussie women's superstar won a big match involving Sasha Banks, Bayley, and several other women to earn the right to challenge Asuka at the PPV. She was also featured in several recent championship situations on the Raw program as she was being booked to appear a bit stronger heading into TLC.
As Forbes mentioned in their TLC results, Asuka won that match, but just barely in the debut of one of the top women's competitors from NXT over the past year or so. As mentioned in the report, Asuka didn't exactly look dominant, making her booking give early warning sign. In fact, Forbes contributor Alfred Konuwa suggested that WWE has had the inability to book various newcomers to the main roster up to their potential, including Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Emma.Emma had been with WWE since joining Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in 2011. She spent a few years on the NXT roster and eventually moved to the main roster from 2014 to 2015. She went back to NXT for another year, before her repackaging for the main roster again in 2016. There was a failed attempt to "re-debut" her as "Emmalina" before WWE decided to call an audible and make her "Emma" again.
The 28-year-old Emma, real name Tenille Dashwood, probably won't have trouble finding work. Most likely, if she chooses to be a part of pro wrestling, she'll show up working with WWE's competitors TNA or Ring of Honor in the near future. If she doesn't choose professional wrestling, she's also had publicity on the E! Network's Total Divas show and could probably get into modeling and hosting work if she chooses to go that route.
WWE fans, why do you think Emma was released by WWE? Was it her asking to leave, or due to WWE being unhappy with her as a superstar?
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