WWE has come to terms on the release of Melina Perez as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Melina the best in all of her future endeavors.
Alongside Gail Kim, who happens to be a close friend of Melina, the five-time WWE champion was another Diva who was extremely underutilized as of late.
Melina entered the company in April of 2005, shooting to the top of the company with the best tag team that had been seen in years: MNM. Melina led MNM to multiple Tag Team Championship reigns, including one only their second week on TV.
After breaking up at Judgement Day, the trio would turn into the duo of Melina and Johnny Nitro, a.k.a John Morrison. She managed him to multiple Intercontinental Championsip reigns. The two faded as a pair, and both focused on their singles careers next.
Melina would go on to become a three-time WWE Women's Champion, defeating Mickie James twice and Beth Phoenix once. Melina revived the women's division alongside the likes of another former Diva, Michelle McCool.
Melina moved over to RAW and won the Divas Championship the same night she re-debuted on the brand. But mere weeks later, she would be sidelined with a torn ACL for the better part of a year. Melina came back strong, defeating Alicia Fox at SummerSlam in her hometown of Los Angeles, California for the Divas Championship.
Is Melina one of the greatest Divas in history?
She would lose it not even a full month later before being buried behind all of the other Divas.
Melina is one of a select few women from the current era who could legitimately be placed in the Hall of Fame. She was the last great heel manager of the 21st century and is a five-time champion in her own right. Her signature splits entrance dazzled fans for years, and her in-ring work was above average for Divas.
Melina was never afraid to push the boundaries, contesting in the best matches of this era with Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool and Mickie James.
There's no doubt in my mind that this won't deter Melina whatsoever. If anything, it's the perfect opportunity for her to prove that she is indeed one of the best wrestlers in the world today.
She's my favorite WWE Diva, and I wish her nothing but the best.