Well, this is certainly surprising news. WWE look to have dropped one of their longest-running and most popular Divas, Kelly Kelly, from the roster.
Over at the official company website, WWE is reporting that Kelly Kelly (real name: Barbara Blank) has been released from the promotion:
WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Diva Kelly Kelly as of today, September 28, 2012. WWE wishes Kelly Kelly the best in all her future endeavors.
Kelly, a model with no prior experience in the industry, signed with the company in 2005. Upon being called up to television (she debuted on WWE's ECW show on Syfy in early 2006), she was initially used strictly in an eye-candy role.
However, similar to model-turned-wrestler Trish Stratus before her, Kelly worked hard to improve in the ring, eventually becoming a respectable women's wrestler and even winning the WWE Divas Championship last year. She has been off television, as of late, pursuing outside options.
While this is bad news for fans of Kelly, it also signals even more doom and gloom for WWE's floundering Divas division.
Indeed, Kelly's exit follows a plethora of female releases in recent times. Third-generation developmental star Shaul Guerrero recently quit the promotion, while Beth Phoenix has reportedly handed in her notice and will be finishing up with the company fairly soon.