Report: Kelly Kelly Given Time off by WWE; Could She Be Leaving the Company?

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2012

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According to a report by Mike Johnson at, Kelly Kelly has requested and been given time off by WWE.

Former WWE Divas champion Kelly Kelly has been granted "time off" by the company, according to a number of sources within WWE. One source noted that Kelly had been on the road full time since 2006 and needed the time off to recharge her batteries.

More interestingly, however, is the report's indication that the vacation may be more than just extended.

With that said, the word among a number of talents within the company is that they don't believe she's returning anytime soon, if at all as she has started to get her given name of Barbi Blank back out into the public eye and is currently accepting endorsements and appearances outside of WWE auspices. That information was added to her Twitter account within the last few days.

Kelly Kelly is easily the WWE's most marketed and popular Diva. Losing her would take a Divas division already in shambles and make it an even bigger mess.

Whether or not she is the most competent between the ropes, the fans love her. Men and boys like her for the obvious reasons and the younger females in the audience look up to her. She is also the go-to Diva for media appearances and one of the most visible Divas in the company in terms of marketing and merchandising.