WWE Divas: 10 Women Who Were Future Endeavored Too Soon
The WWE has a bad habit of giving up on its wrestlers or cutting ties with them too soon.
It's true for the men, and it's true for the women, too.
For some reason or another, the WWE often decides to let a Diva go when the company would have been much better off giving her another chance or at least sending her back down to developmental.
That's especially true when you realize how thin the Divas division is and how much it would help the WWE to have more women who can make an impact on the main roster.
So, let's take a look at the women the WWE shouldn't have released, but did.
Here are 10 women who were future endeavored far too soon.
Tiffany was released by the WWE in November 2010 just a couple of months after being arrested for a domestic violence issue involving her then-husband, WWE star Drew McIntyre.
The details are sketchy about the incident, and the chargers were later dropped. But that didn't save Tiffany from getting the ax and McIntyre from being buried ever since then.
Tiffany wasn't the greatest female wrestler we've ever seen, but I'd argue that she showed more athleticism and improvement than Kelly Kelly did while looking just as good.
Her situation with McIntyre was obviously the main reason for her release, but it's a shame that she got let go before she ever really had a chance to reach her potential in the ring.
Tiffany is still only 26 years old, too, which means she only would have gotten better with some more seasoning.
9. Jillian Hall
What a complete waste of talent.
One could argue that Jillian Hall was one of the most talented Divas on the WWE roster during her time with the company from 2005-2010, but she was often stuck with ridiculous gimmicks.
She had the whole disgusting mole thing going, and later on, she was relegated to being a disillusioned singer like you might see on American Idol.
Jillian was a big victim of the creative team and the WWE's dumb booking, and I was pretty disappointed when she was let go last year.
She was used primarily as a comedy act and was pushed to the side in favor of a number of Divas with far less talent in the ring.
Aloisia, known on the indies as "Isis the Amazon," was set to appear on the all-Divas season of NXT, but was quickly pulled from the show and then released by the WWE.
Rumor has it that the WWE cut ties with Aloisia after some erotic photos of her surfaced, but she also was known to be very green in the ring.
Even if she was a little raw and had took those photos prior to signing with WWE, I still don't think the company should have given up on the 6'9" giant so quickly.
There was always the chance that Aloisia would improve her wrestling skills, and there are no other female wrestlers out there (at least that I'm aware of) with the sheer size and unique look that she had.
Aloisia could have sucked and turned out to be the WWE's female version of The Great Khali, but now, we'll never know.
7. Shantelle Taylor
Before she was TNA Women's Knockout Champion Taylor Wilde, Shantelle Taylor was known simply as Shantelle in WWE's developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling.
However, Taylor never actually made it to the WWE's main roster, having been released by the company in 2007 after wrestling several dark matches prior to Smackdown tapings.
Taylor is only 25 years old, but she's already retired from the wrestling business.
Who knows what would have happened had she made it in the WWE instead of rising to fame in TNA, though?
Yeah, Taylor wasn't the greatest Knockout we've ever seen, but she was talented, she's still young and she can outwrestle a number of the Divas currently in the WWE.
After developing a reputation as a source of backstage problems, Melina was released by the WWE in August of this year.
Given the number of stories out there regarding her poor attitude and behavioral issues, it seems like she was such a pain in the neck that it wasn't worth keeping her around simply because of her in-ring talent.
But we all know that we can't believe everything we hear about Melina, and I'm not so sure the WWE shouldn't have given her another chance.
Melina was obviously one of the WWE's most talented female wrestlers and one of its most charismatic ones as well, one who's better than every current Diva not named Beth Phoenix or Natalya.
She should have been the focus of the Divas division, but obviously that didn't happen, and Melina is now gone.
It's too bad that Melina's issues outside of the ring caused her downfall in it.
5. Gail Kim
We all know the controversy surrounding Gail Kim's WWE release in 2011, when she eliminated herself from a No. 1 contender's battle royal and basically quit the company.
But way back in 2004, she was released by the WWE seemingly out of nowhere despite, by most standards, being in the prime of her career.
Kim had won the Women's Championship in 2003 and was an integral part of the women's division when, just like that, the company let her go.
She would go on to a successful career in TNA, where she was the face of the Knockouts division, and you might say that she could have been in the same position in the WWE had the company held onto her.
They probably should have.
Kim is one of the best female wrestlers out there, and a large part of her career that could have been spent in the WWE was instead spent in TNA.
4. Katie Lea
Katie Lea is another prime example of the WWE misusing one of its stars.
Despite being one of the more talented in-ring performers in the Divas division and having the looks to go along with it, she was relegated to an incest storyline with Paul Burchill and a forgetful run on ECW.
Yeah, that's about it.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, the creative team never seemed to get behind Katie Lea, who's since moved on to a rather successful career in TNA, where she's known as "Winter."
She's won two Knockouts titles there and has developed into the one of the better all-around female talents in the world.
Too bad the WWE failed to notice her skills before letting her go.
3. Mickie James
Mickie James was released by the WWE in April 2010 in one of the most surprising Diva releases in company history.
Although several factors contributed to her release and some saw it coming, it was still shocking to see the company future-endeavor arguably its most popular Diva.
James had been one of the central figures in the WWE Divas division throughout her entire career there (2005-2010), and it seemed like she would be one of those WWE lifers.
Of course, that wasn't the case, as James was let go before moving on to TNA.
Perhaps James would have done things a little differently if she could go back in time and have a re-do, and perhaps the WWE would have given her just one more opportunity to prove that she belonged there.
2. Angelina Love
In 2004, the WWE signed a female wrestler by the name of Lauren Williams to a developmental deal.
They stuck her down in Ohio Valley Wrestling for a few years, let her go in 2007 and then she went on to have plenty of success in TNA as "Angelina Love."
The WWE screwed up here.
Love has won five TNA Knockout Women's championships, and she was No. 2 on PWI's Female Top 50 in both 2009 and 2010.
She is one of the more well-rounded female wrestlers in the business, and the WWE had her under contract for four years without even bringing her up to the main roster.
Consider the ball dropped.
1. Serena Deeb
Dumb. Stupid. Idiotic. Moronic.
These are just a few words I'd use to describe the release of Serena, who was reportedly let go by the company for not "living out" the Straight Edge lifestyle she was portraying on TV at the time.
Seriously? That's ridiculous.
That's akin to releasing David Otunga because he doesn't walk around wearing a bow tie and giving people legal advice.
Serena's release just plain doesn't make sense to me, and it's only worsened by the fact that she can outwrestle 90 percent of the Divas currently on the WWE roster.
My guess is that, unless you've seen her on the indies, you wouldn't know it, though, because the WWE never let her wrestle and then cut ties with her for one of the most illogical reasons in company history.