Maxine in a body scissors while working with Kaitlyn in NXT. Photo by Simon on Flickr.
For the few of you who actually bothered to tune in to NXT, you came to know a talented young lady named Karlee Perez, who wrestled under the name Maxine.
She certainly wasn't the most polished in the ring, as no one at level really was, but she was a decent promo and worked a few solid angles, with a love triangle with Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis springing to mind. Once NXT moved to Florida and Full Sail University, she worked a few dates on the main roster at Raw and Smackdown but wasn't prominently featured in any way.
And apparently that was enough to send her over the edge.
According to PWInsider.com, Maxine has quit World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) due to frustrations with "not being offered a guaranteed deal and not having the chance to prove herself on TV beyond the WWE NXT level."
It's no surprise, really, seeing as WWE isn't exactly renowned for its treatment of women. They seem to be headed in the right direction with Eve and AJ getting actual characters, along with the already established Vickie Guerrero, but there's still a ways to go. Truth be told, I'm surprised any woman who is a wrestler would ever actually want to work at a company that fosters an environment of open contempt for them.
So I guess we really shouldn't be too surprised with this news at all, right?