Over the years, a great many WWE Superstars have seen their names attached to the infamous statement “We wish them the best in their future endeavours”. Whether it’s a case of WWE clearing out the roster to make room for new talent, a desire to seek outside opportunities, or any number of other legitimate reasons, a lot of wrestlers have passed through the revolving doors of WWE, for one reason or another. Often, there isn’t much of a story behind why a certain wrestler was released from their contract, but in the following cases, WWE’s reasons for letting these Superstars go has been anywhere from callous, to questionable, to downright weird.
10. Accidental Shoplifting
One of the best wrestlers to come out of Australia, Emma made a name for herself in NXT, wrestling Paige at the very first NXT live special in a match that opened eyes to the possibility of legitimate women’s wrestling thriving in NXT (and later WWE). The match also accelerated Paige and Emma’s promotion to the main roster, but while Paige won the Divas Title on her first night on Raw, Emma was stuck in a comedy pairing with Santino Marella that didn’t really let her play to her strengths as a competent wrestler. Her disastrous first stint on Raw came to an end, however, when she was arrested in Hartford, Connecticut, for allegedly stealing an iPhone case (valued at roughly twenty dollars) that she claimed she had forgotten to pay for at a self-checkout. For her dastardly crime, Emma was given one day of community service, and also fired from WWE. However, hours later, her termination was nullified, reportedly after massive backlash forced WWE to reconsider their incredibly harsh punishment for the minor incident. It was too late to save Emma’s character, however, as she would return to NXT to re-invent herself shortly afterwards.