UPDATE: WWE’s Tenille Dashwood arrested, then fired
LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2014 — WWE Diva Emma, real name Tenille Dashwood (a much better wrestling name than Emma), was fired Wednesday after being charged with misdemeanor larceny in the 6th degree. Emma was arrested on the night of Monday June 30 in a Hartford Connecticut Walmart for apparently stealing an iPad case.
The value of the case was $21.14. Her lawyer issued an explanation that Emma simply forgot to pay for the iPad case while using the self-checkout in WalMart. The Harford court system quickly processed her case and Emma was sentenced to one full day of community service. A slap on the wrist for what she is calling a simple mistake, right? Apparently not.
Emma, who has been with the WWE since 2011, was quickly released from her contract. She spent the good portion of her career in the WWE’s developmental system, NXT, where she gained popularity as a ditzy, klutzy Australian who danced only slightly better than Elaine from Seinfeld.
With her charm and mannerisms, Emma won the crowd over and became a fan favorite with her quality of matches and names for her signature moves like the “Emma-Lock”, “Dil-Emma”, and of course the “Emma-mite Sandwich.” She was called up to the WWE’s main roster in the beginning of this year, where her talents were wasted immediately by being saddled as “Italian” comedic character Santino Marella’s “lady friend.” Her wrestling skills were never really utilized in in the Divas’ Division.
Emma’s firing today came at huge shock to wrestling fans. The WWE is usually known to be somewhat lenient towards offenses against the law and will almost never fire an employee, short of getting in a fight with police officers (former NXT wrestler Kenneth Cameron ) or beating your significant other (former employee Jackson Andrews). The WWE roster is scattered with wrestlers who have run afoul with the law over the years, ranging in repeatedly failed drug tests, DUIs, and even trying to bribe a police officer.
Due to Emma not being an American citizen, the WWE could have been forced to release the talented Australian because of Work Visa restrictions. If this were the case, there is precedence for a move like this. In 2010, Daniel Bryan was fired from the WWE because of strangling a ring announcer with his own tie. That action was deemed far too violent for WWE’s TV-PG rating by sponsors. In order to satisfy corporate sponsors, the WWE made the correct move politically and Daniel Bryan was the scapegoat. Two months later, once the smoke had cleared, they brought back Daniel Bryan as if nothing had ever happened.
Update: In a shocking turn of events, and in what can only be described as a “Swerve,” the WWE has reversed their stance on Emma. According to WWE.com, “Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law.”
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