WWE News: Did Risque Pictures Lead to Kelly Kelly's WWE Demise?
Even I agree that the title sounds ridiculous.
Especially considering the WWE's history with segments featuring women and how they are perceived.
During a advertisement campaign shoot last Thursday for Let if Fly Energy, an energy drink line, she received a text message from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events. He informed her that by the terms of her contract, she needed to have a calendar that she planned to sell on her official website approved by the company. She had tweeted previews of some risqué lingerie pictures and the company demanded she take them down. She had no intention on calling off the project, which led company officials to cutting ties with her the next day.
For those of you who are unaware, K-2 had been posting pics of her current photo shoot via Twitter. The majority of those pictures were posted the week of her release, so this report isn't too far fetched.
I personally am baffled by this news.
Simply because we are talking about a company whose CEO allowed fans to call his daughter a slut during her WWE heyday. The same guy also approved a necrophilia storyline and had several employees kiss his bare derriere on live TV.
In short, the WWE has had their share of controversial moments. Not to mention, the years of releasing WWE Diva's calendars, posters and DVDs with risque photos in compromising positions.
Overall, I get that we are in the PG Era. However, WWE wrestlers are independent contractors and not official employees. They are not entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee of the company, nor the same rights.
So, if the WWE refuses to change that aspect of the business, why not allow these stars to pursue outside interests? That being said, I understand why the WWE would want complete approval over content that they would deem questionable.
However, this is the same company that has employed three former adult film stars.
Ultimately, Barbie Blank (aka Kelly Kelly) needed to make a move that was right for her. With potential offers on the table and a chance to grow outside of the business, this was the opportune time to move.
Let's face it, if Chris Jericho, The Rock and DDP can transform themselves and find success outside of wrestling, then the sky's the limit for Blank.
In the end, both parties will move past this, with or without the other. Besides, you never know, they could cross paths again.
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