Most fans view Kharma's WWE tenure as one of the great missed opportunities in professional wrestling in recent years. But if the WWE's recent attempt to revive the trademark application attached to the name "Kharma" is any indication, perhaps things will be rectified.
According to Steven Fernandes of PWInsider.com, WWE abandoned the "Kharma" trademark back in January, so the fact that the company is trying to reactivate it is certainly noteworthy. There are obviously no guarantees at this point, but if Kharma returning to WWE is at all possible, then the WWE needs to do everything in its power to make it happen.
Will the trademark situation lead to Kharma's WWE return?
When Kharma made her debut at Extreme Rules 2011, the WWE Universe had incredibly high hopes for her. She was already one of the most well-respected female wrestlers in the world at that point, as she had dominated in Japan, TNA and various independent promotions. She brought something very different to the Divas division and actually had fans talking about it for the first time in years.
Kharma ran roughshod over the WWE for a few weeks, attacking various divas on the roster following their matches. On May 23, 2011, the unthinkable happened, however, as Kharma came to the ring and broke down in tears rather than attacking. The following week on Raw, she announced that she was pregnant and would have to take a leave of absence.
The Bella Twins interrupted Kharma, though, and proceeded to make fun of her weight. This caused Kharma to proclaim that she would get revenge on them if they were still in the WWE by the time she returned.
There wasn't much news regarding Kharma after that, until she shockingly entered the 2012 Royal Rumble. It seemed as though that marked her official return to the WWE roster, but that wasn't the case.
Kharma again went missing from WWE programming, and her name wasn't even mentioned again until Extreme Rules 2012. Nikki Bella was set to defend her Divas Championship against a mystery opponent. Most fans figured it would be Kharma returning to get her revenge, but Eve told the Bellas, "Don't worry, it's not Kharma." Nikki's opponent ended up being Layla, who promptly defeated her for the title.
It was revealed just prior to Extreme Rules that Kharma had suffered a miscarriage, according to TMZ.com. Her emotional state was understandably shaken, and she struggled to get herself in condition to compete in the WWE both physically and emotionally. Kharma was eventually released from her contract in July of 2012, but all indications were that she and the WWE were still on good terms.
The news of the Kharma trademark being revived ironically comes days after the Bella Twins made their own official return to the WWE. The Bellas left the night after Extreme Rules 2012, as their contracts expired and they decided not to renew. The WWE apparently offered them more money recently, however, so they are back in the fold.
Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but the fact that these two things are occurring in such close proximity tells me that there is some validity to Kharma possibly coming back. Where there is smoke, there is often fire in the wrestling business, and this trademark situation is billowing more smoke than the Sistine Chapel chimney following the election of Pope Francis I.
The fact that the WWE is bringing back past divas such as the Bella Twins is a good thing, as it suggests the company is willing to put some time and effort into the division. Aside from something drastic like Trish Stratus or Lita returning as full-time competitors, though, the only person who can truly spark reform is Kharma.
If Kharma is finally recovered and ready to take another shot at prominence in the WWE, then the company should pull the trigger. She would instantly generate interest in the stagnant Divas division, and she would help add some spice to the product in the aftermath of WrestleMania season.
Extreme Rules has become an important date on the calendar for Kharma, as she debuted at the event in 2011 and was mentioned in 2012. In a perfect world, maybe Extreme Rules 2013 will mark her triumphant return.