A little part of me has died today.
Maryse, the absolutely stunning Canadian sensation, has been released by the WWE. Whether it was her choice is irrelevant to me at this point.
Now, instead of writing about my sadness and sorrow, I've decided to do a little lashing out on the development of superstars and divas currently employed by the company.
By far, Maryse was the most beautiful diva on the roster. She had the in-ring talent, mic skills and the attitude to succeed in the business. She's a former Divas champion, for crying out loud.
She put up with being demoted to announcing for NXT: Redemption, the longest running, most painfully played out season to date.
Now, with her departure, the divas division is even thinner on pure talent.
Maryse should not have had to land on this grenade. Either way, I wish her the best of luck and will always be a huge fan of hers.
If someone as talented as Maryse can be let go, how can some of the other members of the roster still be employed?
There's a number of guys who shouldn't be around.
Here are a few that should have easily been let go before Maryse was.
"The One Man Rock Band," as he likes to be called, shouldn't have even made it past his run with Nexus.
Luckily for him, he had a tag team partner, Justin Gabriel, who was talented enough to keep him around and serve some kind of purpose.
Now that he is no longer in a stable or a team, it's time to let Slater go.
His ring ability is suspect at best. His finishing move is a knock-off of the Zig-Zag, and he looks too much like the Wendy's girl to be taken seriously.
He should have been let go after his failed wellness test and should currently be working in the Indy circuit.
Cut him loose, WWE.
Take away Brie's horrendous title reign earlier this year, and you have two hired valets of the WWE.
Forget about their looks for a second and you'll notice just how awful they are in the ring.
Brie's feuds with Eve and Kelly Kelly made for some of the worst matches in divas history. If Natalya and Beth Phoenix are going to confront anybody about the Barbie doll persona, these two should be first in line, as they bring literally no talent to the division.
There was potential for them to have a minor feud with Gail Kim after the Daniel Bryan incident, but that fell flat in the water.
These two need to be let go before Vince McMahon decides to give them anymore time in the spotlight.
Here's a guy who was once so full of promise. Once he turned his back on his best friend and long time tag partner, David Hart Smith, his career took a huge hit.
He tried out the whole bad guy persona and failed miserably. Then he attempted to bring in new managers every week, only to have that cut short for some unknown reason. Now, he's a frequent resident on Superstars with a very rare appearance on SmackDown.
He has the talent to succeed, but he's not being used in a way that shows it. He's too small to fit the mold of the current product. If there were, say, a crusierweight division, then he'd have a reason to still be on the roster.
Until then, he needs to be feature endeavored.
Straight out of Brooklyn and into the cellar of the WWE, JTG is one who should have left a long time ago.
He had a failed tag team run as part of Cryme Tyme and now serves no purpose. He frequents Superstars with the best of 'em, which is almost like minor-league action.
He'll never get the call up to the big leagues, never be successful.
JTG, you gots to go.
Another man with so much talent and potential, Trent Barreta has the skills to be a player in the business.
His in-ring style is reminiscent to that of John Morrison, which excited most people when he came into the business. He's never gotten the opportunity to be a man of Morrison's "success level" and, along with Kidd and JTG before him, is stuck in no man's land on Superstars.
He'll make a guest spot on SmackDown to job to whomever they choose that night. Other than that, it's pretty pointless to keep him around.
Trent Barreta, please back up your trunks and go.
Whoa, wait a minute. Primo is still technically on the roster? This is news to me.
Where do I even begin with this?
Well, for one, he's basically kept around because he was the man to help break Sin Cara into the company. Since then, or even before then, he's a complete afterthought on the current roster.
Actually, that's even too nice to think of him as being an afterthought. He's more of an after-after-afterthought.
Primo, the tribe has spoken.
Basically, the only reason why he's still employed by the company is the woman Otunga has his arm wrapped around, Jennifer Hudson.
Otunga has horrible wrestling ability, mediocre mic skills and a terrible gimmick—pre-lawyer gimmick anyways.
He should have left the company even before Slater. Lucky for him, he just so happens to have a fairly famous fiancee who could help bring the WWE more notoriety—which just so happens to be Vince McMahon's biggest fetish.
Even now with his sweater-sporting, coffee-sipping lawyer persona he's working with, he's still just more of an annoyance to the viewers at home.
Hopefully, Jennifer Hudson decides to call off her wedding to this man so Vince no longer has a reason to keep him around and give him the boot like he should have long ago.
David Otunga, hasta la vista, baby.
Oh, Maryse, I miss you already.
This is one thing I will never be able to forgive the WWE for. It doesn't even matter if she asked for her release, they should have fought harder to keep this bombshell around.
Maryse being let go is a huge tragedy and is something that can only be healed over time. It's possible that this wound will never heal.
The only way for WWE to make it up to the fans is to let go of the men mentioned in this slideshow.
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