Following on from Sofia Cortez's surprising admission on Twitter that she had been released from her contract, reports have begun to emerge about just what caused her exit.
The news caught many off-guard considering Cortez, who made regular appearances on Tough Enough and NXT during her stint in the company, was widely regarded as one of the better female prospects in development. Her photogenic good looks, combined with her above-average in-ring ability (by WWE Diva standards), seemed to guarantee she would end up with a spot in the main roster at some point.
So, what happened?
Well, on last night's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that the reason for the shocking release stemmed from management feeling Cortez had grown an ego in recent months:
I was surprised by the cut...asked around. Essentially, the problem was that she had an attitude problem. Unfortunately, she thought she was as good as, or better, than they thought she was. She made noise about the fact that she was good enough to be on the main roster, which she was, and sometimes having confidence in development isn't the best thing. Or if you do, maybe keep quiet about it.
This news is interesting for a few reasons, While I can understand WWE being wary of anyone causing problems backstage and disrupting their calm locker room environment, a slightly big ego hardly seems to be a firing-worthy offense.
It's also worth noting that, at a time when WWE's Divas Division is in a completely dire state, jettisoning the one girl in FCW who was praised for being a decent, all-round performer isn't exactly a wise move either.
If WWE keeps firing all of their talented women (Kharma, Cortez) and refusing to use female wrestlers they do have (see: most of the current Divas roster), how is the division ever meant to turn it around and become a meaningful part of the show?