Emma with Santino Marella
After being arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Wal-Mart, as reported by TMZ, Emma then had to strap in for an up-and-down ride.
On Wednesday, WWE announced (h/t PWInsider) that it had released the Diva from her contract. Just hours later, WWE called for a do-over. The company informed fans on WWE.com that it had reinstated Emma.
The second half of that rollercoaster was the right move. WWE clearly overreacted.
Mike Johnson writes the following on PWInsider:
In asking around, one of the beliefs as to why Emma was reinstated was that other talents have been arrested for far more serious crimes and were not let go, which could have left the door open for questions to WWE about why she was let go for a far lesser offense. A few wrestlers also believed that TMZ running a headline noting she was let go for a $22 item could have led to WWE re-thinking the release as it made them look bad.
If this is indeed the reason WWE changed its mind, why didn't officials think of those things before making the decision? If Emma had committed a heinous crime, one that was attracting major negative press, one could understand acting so quickly.
That wasn't the case. There was no need to jump to firing Emma.
She shouldn't have been let go in the first place. As Johnson says, other WWE Superstars have done far worse and are still working for the company.
According to TMZ, Cameron was arrested for a DUI and allegedly tried to bribe the arresting officer. Last year, as TMZ reported, Swagger was arrested "after allegedly driving under the influence...with pot in his car." If those incidents don't warrant a release, swiping an iPad case hardly seems like a fireable offense.
It's hard to know how much of WWE changing its mind came from common sense prevailing or as a response to a backlash from fans.