Updates from Wednesday, July 2
In a statement on WWE's website, the company confirmed that Emma has been reinstated: "Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law."
In a rather newsworthy development, WWE announced on its official website this afternoon that it has parted ways with Tenille Dashwood, aka Emma.
The site posted a polite but brief message informing fans of the news: "WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Diva Emma as of today, July 2, 2014. WWE wishes Emma the best in all her future endeavors."
The move comes after the star's arrest on Monday night for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Hartford, Connecticut (site of that night's episode of Raw), per TMZ.
The 25-year-old was accused of trying to steal a $21.14 iPad Mini case. She was later sentenced to one day's community service over the sixth-degree misdemeanor.
Dashwood's lawyer wrote it off as merely an innocent mistake caused by a problematic self-checkout machine, which sounds fair enough. I mean, come on, who is going to risk their entire career over a $21.14 iPad case? It makes no sense.
Presumably, though, there was more to the story. Otherwise, why would WWE management have taken such drastic action?
Regardless of the reasons, this has to be deeply disheartening for Dashwood.
She spent years in the independent wrestling scene, making appearances for companies such as Shimmer, PWA and ECCW. Truthfully, Dashwood wasn't a terrific wrestler, but she could usually deliver decent performances in the ring when necessary (which is more than many of the current Divas on the roster can do).
Likely thanks to her experience, charisma and good looks, WWE signed her to a contract in March 2011. She then spent time in developmental territory NXT, getting over her "bad dancer" gimmick. Credit to her, the act was one of the few times "WWE comedy" has actually been funny, and she was pretty over with the FCW crowds.
Dashwood was promoted to the main roster at the beginning of this year and paired up with Santino Marella. She also feuded with Summer Rae for a brief period.