Did Kharma's weight issues lead to her WWE release?

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It's no secret that WWE as a company views women in a rather unflattering light. Essentially, if you're a female hoping to make it with the largest pro wrestling organization in the world, there's a certain standard you must meet.

Namely, you have to be generally attractive with big breasts.

Yes, that sounds horrible but that's just the way Vince McMahon runs his business. And that's fine. But when it comes at the expense of utilizing top talent within the industry, it feels more than wrong, it seems downright illogical.

Kia Stevens, who wrestled briefly with WWE under the name Kharma, was recently released by WWE for reasons that were never really made clear. She had become pregnant and been forced to leave for a year in the midst of a major push -- which could explain resentment towards her, believe it or not -- before an odd sequence of events led to her revealing she had a healthy baby before coming clean months later and admitting she lost the baby and was too afraid to admit it.

TMZ has now revealed that Stevens became depressed after losing her child and put on even more weight. Already a larger woman, this seemed to have essentially sealed her fate with WWE and she was cut loose.

Now, Stevens is attempting a comeback story fit for a reality television show. In fact, according to TMZ, she's trying to make it happen:

But in the past couple of weeks, with the help of some friends, Kharma motivated herself to get back into fighting shape ... and has vowed to reclaim her career. We're told she's already recruited a team of fitness experts and therapists ... and plans to document the transformation in the hopes of scoring a reality show. In fact, sources tell us ... Kharma has already been in touch with multiple production companies.

My heart isn't bleeding for Stevens regarding her WWE release. The reality is she's probably far better off away from a toxic environment like that, one that would likely only breed contempt for her and her various misgivings. But my heart does bleed for her situation and we here at CagesideSeats.com wish her all the best on her current path.

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