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August 24, 2010

Reports: Serena released by WWE

Serena has been released by WWE, according to multiple reports.

Citing sources in WWE, pwtorch.com said that Serena was let go because she was not “living out” The Straight Edge Society gimmick in public.

WWE has not yet acknowledged the release on its website.

Ironically, Serena – who made her WWE debut in January – just wrestled her first match on WWE television, and the stipulation was that she and tag team partner Luke Gallows would be thrown out of the SES if they lost. Serena and Gallows went on to defeat Kelly Kelly and The Big Show.

It’s a shame that things didn’t work out for Serena, 24, in WWE. I thought she played her role well and she obviously had a unique look.

It will be interesting to see what WWE does with CM Punk’s SES going forward. The group has cooled off as of late after getting off to a hot start, and now that it is down a member, disbanding the SES may be an option.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 12:59 PM | | Comments (35)
        

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If pwtorch.com's sources are accurate, you've got to say that it is incredibly harsh for her to be released for not living out an SES lifestyle, or have I misunderstood that, and does it mean that she was breaking kayfabe?

So Serena wasn't living "straight edge"?

Something doesn't add up. If Serena did stray from "straight edge" wouldn't it make for a great angle? CM Punk recruits another woman to attack Serena thus turning her face. It could have reinvigorated SES.

Oh well. C'est la vie.

So basically she had her locks shaved for nothing. There has to be more to this story.

Seems like its the end of the road for the SES. Its about time Punk went back to having a singles push anyway.

Maybe Mercury should move to Raw and reform MNM with John Morrison.

Hey i thought the Miz vs Cena match was great The Mis has really impressed me and what are your thoughts on the 6 pack challenge at Night of Champions

wwe sucks

If the reports are true that Serena was released because she was not "living" out her gimmick in public then that's b.s. Does wwe has something against women who can actually wrestle? The releases of Katie Lea, Mickie James and now Serena, the burying of Gail Kim and Jillian. Unbelievable.

Until we as fans stop watching wwe's show regularly on a weekly basis this trend will sadly continue.

What is this 1982 and we all are Kayfabe? C'mon.

let me get this straight: ted dibiase stars in a movie while a heel on Raw, Cody Rhodes promos his role on a tv show while a heel on Raw, we see countless heels hanging out with troops and sick kids in self-serving 'E promos for their charity work, but Serena breaks kayfabe off camera and gets canned?

Seems like we may be missing some details.

I bet they turn this into a storyline and bring her back in a couple of months. like daniel bryan. that reasoning sounds odd.

It's a shame that Serena was dropped from WWE (if true). Even though she may have done wrong or used bad judgment (after all she is only 24) , I think WWE should have suspended her. Firing her seems a little drastic!

Wow, this one really surprises me, especially after Serena wrestled her first match only recently.

This leaves me, however, with more questions than answers. Many WWE stars have behaved badly in their personal/private lives but were not reprimanded for their actions. Chris Jericho, for one, made some inappropriate comments and got into a scuffle with Shane Helms. Wasn't there a Randy Orton-bumming-a-cigarette-from-a-minor-at-a-WWE-event thing, too? I get that Serena isn't in the same league as Jericho or Orton, but I still don't feel like we're getting the real story.

As much as I like Punk, this SES was getting rather old. They really did start out with a bang but have fizzled lately. I wonder what will happen. I would rather see Punk get a singles push again anyway. But...can we clean him up a bit? He's been looking pretty scary lately.

While I thought RAW was pretty boring, I did enjoy the Cena-Miz match. OH! Did anyone else notice the advertisement that Smackdown is moving to SyFy? I had heard that a while ago, but this was the first time I saw it advertised. Actually, I'm pretty bummed because SyFy is not part of my cable lineup. With so many people having satellite, do you guys think the move will hurt Smackdown's ratings? Right now, I prefer it to RAW.

Same thing can be said about Mayrese , Eve , Kelly Kelly and that bogus story about Tiffany . I thought Serana did great job with her match and the promo for SES .

This seems...short-sighted.

I bet you it's a big angle and she will come back in a couple of weeks like Brian Danielson did.

So, she wasn't "living out" the straight edge lifestyle. Losing her job should help.
You know, I've been fired from alot of jobs. You wanna know the first thing I do when I get fired? I get drunk!!
Might as well, don't have to be up for work in the morning.

The WWE has, for some reason, slow-played the SES concept to a premature death. It seemed like a great way to repackage lower-tier wrestlers (like Gallows and Mercury), and give them some heat.

I think SES could have been as big for Smackdown as the Nexus has been for RAW -- possibly bigger, with the well-established Punk in charge. I have no idea why the WWE has let SES molder away like this. Seems like they've squandered a really good and original concept.

So Serena wasn't living "straight edge"?

Something doesn't add up. If Serena did stray from "straight edge" wouldn't it make for a great angle? CM Punk recruits another woman to attack Serena thus turning her face. It could have reinvigorated SES.

Oh well. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Aaron Goldstein | August 24, 2010 1:14 PM
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That's a good storyline idea, so the WWE could never pick up on it. They already had CM Punk scold her for drinking at a bar. All they had to do was follow up on it.

Straight edge is the way to go. This proves that drinking or whatever is a joke of a habit.

I don't think they should get rid of the SES just yet. Without the group, Mercury & Gallows are simply going to be forgotten by the writers. It's better for them to be aligned with a star like Punk right now.

I'm with everyone else here: kayfabe gone a little too far.

People are abusing all kinds of things, winding up in jail or charged, and she gets fired essentially for breaking character? Huh?

Either we are missing way too many details, or there is some serious preferential treatment happening in that company...

I'm sorry to see her go but I'm not convinced she was ready for this high profile spot. She's pretty inexperienced in the wrestling business.

I think this gimmick needed to be worked seriously by everyone involved. She sometimes seemed to have a little smirk on her face when Punk was doing his self involved monlogues. On the other hand, I think Gallows played it the right way.

@tom:

What I read was that Serena is a bit of a party animal, so to speak, and the WWE had warned her several times previously to tone down her wild lifestyle outside of the ring.

So the difference is, the people you mentioned are doing stuff out of character, but it all directly benefits the WWE. Serena's actions, on the other hand, benefited only her. Whether the WWE has the right to police their employees' personal lives is another discussion altogether, I guess.

Typical. The ones who are buried in the mid card are the ones to go first. YET, when they are released in the middle of a story line....that is just insulting to the fans.
And if the fans really believe that the wrestlers are like that 24/7, than that is even more insulting. And example of that would be the Undertaker. Do you really think he goes into the grocery store as the Undertaker? Come on!

I love the fan support for Serena. Seriously, if wrestling were your "dream" and you finally got a chance to live the dream, then you'd at least put down the drinks to enhance your status.

The report I read indicated that this issue had been an issue for some time, so it's not as if it were fired for one violation. Think of it more along the lines of her getting released for not doing what WWE needed her to do. If any of us couldn't do our jobs (and in wrestling, your role is your job), then we'd be fired too.

@tom:

What I read was that Serena is a bit of a party animal, so to speak, and the WWE had warned her several times previously to tone down her wild lifestyle outside of the ring.

So the difference is, the people you mentioned are doing stuff out of character, but it all directly benefits the WWE. Serena's actions, on the other hand, benefited only her. Whether the WWE has the right to police their employees' personal lives is another discussion altogether, I guess.

Posted by: Don | August 25, 2010 9:23 AM
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Randy Orton got into a lot of trouble early in his career, but he was never released.

Tiffany was arrested recently and hasn't been released.

Melina is the most annoying Diva in the WWE. Doesn't she allegedly behave like a Diva backstage? A lot of the other female wrestlers have had issues with her, so why hasn't she been released?

There's always more to the story and there's also favoritism, so who knows the full story. I would guess that Serena ignored warnings or the WWE just didn't want to keep her around..

@Another Wrestling Mark:

There's several differences between Serena and the examples you posted.

Randy Orton is Randy Orton. Serena is well, Serena.

Tiffany is married to "The Chosen One". Granted, WWE has given wrestlers' spouses the boot in the past, but still, Tiffany's got more pull than Serena.

I don't know about that stuff with Melina, but she's one of the most popular divas, and Serena is well, Serena.

Favoritism? Sure, but it's nothing new. There's always different sets of rules for different people. I agree, she probably ignored previous warnings, and the WWE can probably see that the SES angle is losing steam, so no big loss letting her go, from their perspective. It's a shame though, it's not like the WWE is overflowing with talented female wrestlers.

To me this sounds like a work, just like the Bryan Danielson thing. They are just trying to make some of the angles more true to life.

What is this, 1985? Wrestlers have been breaking kayfabe for YEARS now, so why is it only bad for Serena to do it? There must be some other motive

On another site, I had seen a headline: "Smackdown Diva Released." I expected it to be Tiffany, so I got quite a surprise after I clicked.

Maybe someone has Phelpsian photo evidence of Serena being not-so-straight-edge. I've heard Subway is looking for spokespeople. I really hope WWE follows through with the SES and doesn't hang it out to dry like The Legacy. It's too much fun on Fridays on a show already lacking in charisma.

@don:

"a bit of a party animal"

Like perhaps getting arrested for a drunken altercation with Gregory Helms? Oh wait, that was Jericho.

Not saying that favorites aren't/shouldn't be played, just that whatever her transgression is seems paltry compared to what we've seen others get away with.

Has this even been confirmed. She is still on the WWE website and there has been no mention on their site of the release.

If it is true, it may be a nice way of them saying she violated the wellness program.

If this was still the "attitude era" I have the perfect way to end this long drawn out boring straight edge storyline. Since WWE likes recycling storylines have Stone Cold Steve Austin drive down the ramp in a beer truck and hose them all down with beer, get them drunk, then deliver stunners on their drunken hides and end this boring story.

If it is a work, okay. If the release is true, when can she go to TNA where she can show her skills in the ring?

@ryan

you suck wwe hates you and is going to get the illuminati after ur a**

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