Kharma may be the latest in a long line of Divas to leave WWE of late. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Kharma's WWE career has been quite the unprecedented emotional roller coaster ride for both her and the company she works for. Upon signing with WWE at the end of 2010, I wished Kia Stevens congratulations and good luck on landing her dream job, noting how she was such an odd fit for a company full of Cindarellas and her past personal problems, including a rumoured suicide attempt and bizarre backstage fight with Bubba The Love Sponge that caused her to leave TNA. Even taking that into account, no-one could have expected what happened over the next 18 months.
It all started so brightly. Being one of Triple H's key signings upon taking over talent development, she was quickly brought to the main roster and introduced in a series of vignettes as the menacing Kharma who played with then destroyed dolls while laughing maniacally. In her initial WWE appearances, she went on a rampage destroying Michelle McCool, Eve Torres, Layla and Brie Bella during or after their matches, and was well on the way of becoming the most over Diva WWE has had in years.
But before she even had her first match, the storyline had to be scrapped when she fell pregnant. To explain her absence Kharma broke down in the ring crying on the May 23rd Raw, before announcing her pregnancy on live television one week later. Though they couldn't do anything about it, after being successfully sued by Dawn Marie for unfair dismissal who was fired by WWE in July 2005 while on maternity leave, I'm sure some in WWE management couldn't have been best pleased that Kharma needed to take such a sudden and unexpected leave of absence after investing in such a major push for her.
At the start of the year it looked like everything was back on track, as Kharma made a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble, after having apparently successfully given birth to a baby boy a month earlier. Unfortunately, Stevens later revealed that she had actually miscarried, having lied to her friends due to being so devastated over the loss and not knowing how to tell the public what had happened. Here, WWE were partly to blame for her emotional turmoil, as they turned her real life pregnancy into a company storyline, but I could still see them being unhappy at how she handled the situation.
Nonetheless, everyone expected her to return to the active WWE roster once she had fully recovered from such a traumatic, life changing experience. Indeed, Kharma was set to return at Extreme Rules on April 29th to beat Nikki Bella for the WWE Divas title, only for Vince McMahon to nix the plan at the last minute, as her surprise return had been leaked in the wrestling media, and he opted to have Layla take the spot instead. Yet more disappointment for Stevens, who had already had more than her fair share for one year.
However, the last word was that Kharma was still training and even dieting for an imminent comeback. That is until today, when she was briefly taken off the active wrestler section of the WWE.com website and put in the alumni section instead, which would have suggested that she had decided to retire or leave the company instead.
Apparently, this was a major screw up, but Kharma on her Twitter page made it sound like something that had been in the works for awhile, so it sounds like someone jumped the gun on changing the placement of her WWE profile:
Getting a flood of dm's. I guess the cat's out of the bag. Yes. I have been officially promoted to the alumni section of the WWE roster.
According to Dave Meltzer, lots of different rumours are swirling as to what this all means, but no-one knows for sure what the hell is going on. We'll keep you updated as this story progresses, Cagesiders.