Gail Kim wants to quit but WWE isn’t paying attention?

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Gail Kim walks out on a Battle Royal and WWE management never even noticed? Gail Kim walks up and says, “I quit,” and according to her she gets laughed in the face? Three days later, Melina gets ‘future endeavored,’ as well as Chris Masters, Vladimir Kozlov and David Hart Smith, but WWE doesn’t seem to notice that Gail wants to leave?

We don’t know what the conversation was last Monday that convinced Gail Kim to slide out of the Battle Royal and follow Melina up the ramp during WWE RAW, but apparently it was the proverbial straw for Gail. Now, we’re shocked to hear that Gail Kim turned in her notice with WWE and we’re shocked by the the way she went about it, but what is up with WWE’s management?

Recently Gail Kim and Melina created buzz online by building a feud between them on Twitter and facebook to create a backstory for their matches on SUPERSTARS. Sure, it’s great that Kelly Kelly is champion, and its great they have a program set up between Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix, to replace the feud between Kelly Kelly and Kharma. But Gail and Melina created buzz with their feud on SUPERSTARS and the reward for their efforts is no booking for Gail or Melina for a month before the decision came down to fire Melina.

So Kelly Kelly is WWE’s blonde face of the Diva division because management wants it this way and if women wrestlers (not entertainers) stand up and plye their trade the way they’re supposed to, the response is to bury the girls, punish them for being good at their jobs and fire one of them- as what? A warning to the other to know her place?

The WWE handlers for the Divas apparently want the Divas to act like cattle. It’s sad that the apparent contempt WWE shows the fans of their Diva division is also apparently shown to the very talented and beautiful Divas themselves. And if Gail Kim- who is a mature woman and not cattle- decides this isn’t what she signed up for, then Gail Kim has the right to walk.

Gail put in notice on Monday and doesn’t say anything until Thursday that she had quit WWE on Monday, after WWE posts the latest ‘future endeavors.’ In our opinion, Gail Kim is a terrific company person. We feel shocked and embarressed for Gail Kim that Twitter is her only way of getting the word out to someone in WWE management that she doesn’t want to work in the WWE anymore. My god, imagine if you had to turn to twitter to tell people you quit your job just to get someone in management to notice!

Imagine having your boss completely humiliate you. You respond by telling your boss you quit. Your boss laughs in your face! Then, a few days later, the schedule comes out and your boss wants to know why you’re not at work. Just how professional do you think you’re going to be at that point?

There is speculation that the WWE will not release Gail Kim from her contract as punishment for Gail Kim’s unprofessional conduct during the Battle Royal and on Twitter. Gail Kim’s contract expires within two months, so that’s not a long time. But management trying to punish a worker for standing up for herself against unfair and disrespectful treatment by management is a good way to lose a lawsuit. What is WWE thinking?

Kharma Cries!

kharma criesThe WWE pulled a swerve on me with Kharma on Monday’s Raw that left me confused, intrigued, and ultimately amazed. A four on four match between Melina, the Bella Twins and Maryse and Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Eve had just begun with Kelly Kelly taking it to Brie Bella for pulling twin magic the night before at the ‘Over the Limit’ PPV. Suddenly, Kharma music hits and out struts the women herself, down to the ring. Kharma doesn’t hesitate to enter the ring and Beth directs the Divas to circle the Diva Killer. Kharma looks like shes getting ready to summon some ‘awesome’ power, and I’m wondering what’s going on, as I don’t see Kharma as actually able to take on every Diva at the same time. Then, Kia Steven falls on her knees and begins to cry! We’re talking real tears, eyes looking so wounded you think her heart has been ripped out. And the Divas are all looking on wondering what the heck is going on as Raw goes to commercial break.

My first reaction to this was, “I can’t believe they just buried Kharma.” Then, I realised what had just been shattered was my expectation of Kharma. A moment flashed in my mind’s eye as I recalled Vince McMahon looking at Bret ‘The Hitman’ Heart and asking, “Tell me, where can we go with Bret Hart?” It was a moment describing the events that lead up to the infamous Montreal Screwjob and it brought the situation into perspective for me. Vince knows he’s got something good in Kia Stevens, but a 2D monster who rips through the division only works until it’s stale and then there’s no where else to go with Kharma and she has to be released. By introducing an emotional vulnerability to Kharma, WWE has preserved Kharma as physically the ultimate Diva Killer and unmatched physically by any other Diva in the division, while destroying a 2D persona and replacing it with something that has durability.

This is a good time to point out that Kia Stevens just sold the angle of her life in the ring, and did it amazingly well. I get really pissed off when people knock the drama represented in wrestling. To me, wrestling is the modern-day equivalent of the people’s theatre and therefore enherits a very proud tradition of being an art form that communicates the daily trials of the masses. That’s you if don’t own a yact and roll like a gangster, or make your living of the back of the common man. That was an oscar worthy performance, improvised on the fly in front of thousands of booing fans.

So what the heck is going on? Well, there are several possibilities that come from this. WWE is in the middle of an anti-bullying campaign right now, and Kharma may be the poster child for this campaign. At the same time, Kharma now has the same emotional complexity of…Mankind, Kane, and other monster heels with issues. There is only so much that Kane can do in the ring, but his character is complex enough that he continues to be a draw after 14 years with WWE. And you know with Kane there’s this monster under the surface that can come out at any time and set Kane off on a rampage. The Big Show is dangerous normally, but tick him off and he can take on the entire WWE roster. Kharma now joins that rank of WWE monster heels as a long-term asset.

I expect a dedicated followup on what’s going on in Friday’s Smackdown, because WWE needs to explain this new and more complex Kharma to the audience ASAP! Maybe Layla can approach Kharma and get her talking. I find it hard to believe that a character this complex can be silent, so I’m expecting to hear Kharma talk and say what’s on her mind. I have seen Kia Stevens stomp and glare and emote the perfect monster- I mean, when she starts to glare you’d think she’s suddenly seven feet tall and four hundred pounds- but until I saw Kia break down in the ring on Monday, I had no idea just how good this woman is as a performer. I am now looking forward to seeing how good Kia can be on the mic. Does Kharma truly possess all three traits of a great performer? We shall see.

As weird as it all is, I have to give a nodd to Vince for throwing the dice and doing something unpredictable for a change. I’ll say it again, I am confused and intrigued by this swerve- it has truly thrown off my expectations and I can’t wait to see what happens next on Friday. Well done, Vince!

Kharma (Awesome Kong) proves that Kharma is a (expletive) at Extreme Rules 2011

What a crazy night for the Divas at Extreme Rules 2011!

Layla and Michelle McCool, unable to reconcile their issues in spite of multiple sessions with a relationship counsellor, fought in tonight’s PPV in a ‘Loser quits’ match. Layla pulled through and won the match by countering a faithbreaker for a pinfall! Layla then left in tears as her ex-BFFF Michelle cried her tears out in the ring. What happens next sent shivers down my spine…

Somebody left the rear door unwatched, because Awesome Kong -now calling herself Kharma- slipped inside and is now in the WWE. Kong/Kharma isn’t a beauty pageant contestent, she’s a monster heel! And a girl! In the WWE? The rumour is that Jim Ross and Steve Austin held the emergency door open for her. Kudos to Kong and thanks to Jim Ross and Steve Austin!

The WWE has been promoting her debute for several weeks now on RAW, SMACKDOWN and SUPERSTARS. In these insightful videos, Kong lays out her strategy for the divas. Kong’s strategy is to pop the heads and legs off the barbie doll wrestlers in the WWE. While laughing maniacally.

Michelle McCool should have run for the front exit when Kharma’s music hit after Layla left because what happens next ain’t pretty. Kharma marched down the ramp to the ring, grabbed Michelle and gave her an implant buster, laying her flat out. Then she laughed maniacally. Kong then left the ring, mercifully leaving a laid out Michelle McCool her head and legs.

Folks, what a great moment for the Divas. I wasn’t sure what the WWE had in mind for Kong and how the audience was going to respond to Kharma, but what I saw I liked! Every division needs a giant, and now the Divas have Kharma!

There has been speculation that Michelle was planning on stepping away from WWE. This really makes a person wonder about Michelle’s other half, known in some circles as the Undertaker. With Michelle evidently planning for life after wrestling, it’s a strong signal that the deadman’s career clock has hit the number 11. Even time tolls for thee, Deadman.

Michelle being buried by Kharma on her way out was a fantastic way to debute Kong. Kudos to you, Michelle for giving that bump perfectly! Now, I have to admit in the past I bought into the rumors about Michelle’s attitude backstage. In restrospect, what I’ve always seen from Michelle has been a serious attitude about the business and becoming as good as she could be in the ring, on the mic, in a promo and with the fans. Michelle may not have gotten over with every fan, but she did win me over. Love her or hate her, we should acknowledge that Michelle approached wrestling as a professional, she loves wrestling and gave her opportunities 100%.

Thank you, Michelle McCool!

Layla apologized to the Divas in the locker room after the match for the way she acted. Does this mean Layla’s going face? Well, before that happens, I expecting Layla to continue to show loyalty to her ex-flawless friends and call Kharma out for that implant buster! Poor Layla, so full of personality, but just not that sharp a tack. PREDICTION: Layla will become the second Diva to be laid out by Kharma. Whatever else happens, I hope WWE continues to give Layla opportunities to hold a mic…and I hope she can still chew food after Kharma’s done with her…

Last question is about the future direction of the Diva division. I guess we’re going to be seeing plenty of ‘Instant Kharma’ around the divas on RAW, as Kong is going to be beating (expletive)’s dead. We’re going to get some amazing matches involving Kharma versus Natalya, Beth Phoenex, Melina, and maybe even a Gail Kim versus Kong, round 2? As for Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, the twins, and others…better reserve a bed in the local emergency room, ladies.

Kharma’s goinna getcha!

WWE Diva Kelly Kelly debutes on Smackdown

Congratulations to Beth Phoenix for becoming a 3-time Women’s Champion this Sunday at the WWE PPV Extreme Rules! Nice to see the Women’s Championship belt change hands in a match, versus a gameshow…

This match features Kelly Kelly’s debute on Smackdown and I gotta point this out- Michelle McCool worked with Kelly Kelly to get her over. I repeat, McCool got another Diva over. Hell froze over. And she sold Kelly Kelly’s moveset. Mind boggling.

Michelle McCool may be having a tough time getting over with the crowd, but she is working hard- with great physicality in the ring, and some great ideas to bring as much content to the Diva’s short time slot as she can. The T-shirts are great. Michelle and Layla, with Vickie Guerrero at the ringside- is a great Diva stable. Yup, I admit it, I like what McCool brings to the table.

Beth as a face on Smackdown is kinda creepy. I mean, the Glamazon can lift me over her head in a clean jerk and she’s got that plastic smile plastered over her features. What dork backstage insisted she had to smile like a stepford wife?

Gail Kim to Raw, Alicia Fox to Raw, Natalya to Smackdown

gailkimnadia.jpegDonald Trump’s brief tenure as the owner of raw continues to pay out interest(ing) dividends for WWE fans. On on Monday’s episode of raw it was announced that the Donald has arrange the trade of more than a dozen superstars throughout all three WWE brands. That’s the excuse WWE is using to implement another draft after saying there would be no more cross brand appearances by wrestlers and each brand would be complete and of itself. Okay I guess Donald Trump is also responsible for the hall passes for Jericho and Hardy.

At the top the list moving to the Raw roster is none other than Gail Kim. So, Gail Kim is excited about the upcoming two week tour including Hawaii, Japan and the Phillipines. Tomorrow Gail Kim and Alicia Fox may get a chance to respond to the unexpected brand swap during the tapings for this Friday’s Smackdown. Then, after the tour ends Gail Kim and Alicia Fox will join the main event! The two may continue their feuding when on Mondays..which we don’t mind at all. Alicia Fox has shown us, the fans, that she’s willing to sell and work to get us into her matches and we think she’s quickly establishing herself as a rising star.

Gail Kim posted on her MySpace on Sunday, June 28, 2009,

HEY! ITS ME!!!! 🙂

Hey guys!! Its been a minute since Ive actually posted anything with the exception of the rare message on my site, thegailkim.com but I had to clarify that I DO NOT have a twitter account or a Facebook account!!! If I ever choose to have one I’ll let everyone know…so if you think its me, its a FAKE!

Im off to the west coast now then Hawaii, Japan and Phillipines!!! Never been to all three places….soooo excited! GIRL TIME! and some adventures…..:)

Other WWE talent being shuffled around are Brie and Nikki Bella- who will be moved to the ECW Roster and another big play that has us gushing- Natalya is moving to Smackdown!

That’s right! The Hart Dynasty will be joining the best WWE programming on TV at this time. David Hart Smith, Tyson kidd and Natalya will add much appreciated Canadian content to Smackdown.

That means the McCool will have Natalya in her heel corner. The two of them together are going to give Melina, Eve and Laya(?) a pretty hard time.

We won’t see a McCool Gail Kim feud, but we may get to see a Beth versus Gail Kim program- which, after Gail Kim’s failed launch on Smackdown and Beth’s humiliation over the last few months, both wrestlers could really use to get the train back on the track! We’ve finally got a reason to watch women’s wrestling on Raw again…

WrestleMania 25 Aftermath on Monday Night Raw 04.06.09

beth25battleroyal.jpgGlamerella- where did all the love go?

Santino’s shameless persuit of a title and an opponent- any opponent- he could beat in the ring, has lead to his being crowned Miss WrestleMania. Beth is naturally pissed at his opportunistic maneuvering. Santino basically hid in the crowd until it was down to Beth and Melina and then flipped Beth out of the ring while she was tangled on the ropes with Melina.

Wrestling is about winning over the crowd and we may not like how the former Divas were treated once they commited to coming out for WrestleMania, but there’s no denying that the crowd loves Santina and the story has places to go, depths to plume and taboos to break. Is it Santino in drag? Is it actually Santino’s sister, Santina? How far will Santino go to convince Beth he didn’t screw her out of the Miss WrestleMania title?

How on earth did a man in drag who beats up women and steals pageant titles win over a wrestling crowd in Houston, Texas?

Santina is a babyface. Beth is the heel. Santina tried to introduce her(?)self to Beth and Beth said cut the crap and said Santino was embarrassing herself. The crowd jeered Beth and cheered Santina. Beth accused Santina of throwing her out. Here’s the best line of the night: “It’s every girl for herself, honey,” Santina replied.

Beth challenged Santina to a match. Santina said that Beth is jealous that Santina is more of a woman than Beth will ever be and accepted the match. A referee runs out. There’s a commercial break with Santina dancing during the break. Beth punches Santina and tries to spank her. Eventually Beth’s trying to pull Santina off the top rope to the center of the ring, loses her balance and Santina lands on her and gets a roll-up! Santina wins and retreats up the ramp from a very pissed Glamazon.

For the small vocal minority who wanted a more quality match between the Divas at WrestleMania, we were treated to a ten-diva tag team match on Monday’s RAW, pitting the Divas of RAW against the Smackdown Divas. What made this match different was who wrestled. The match started with Gail and Melina squaring off, then Natalya was tagged in and then Mickie James was tagged in. We got a taste of Gail versus Melina, Melina versus Natalya and Natalya versus Mickie James. Our only complaint? We always want more time for the Divas and each of these pairings could have been a ten minute match. This match was an excellent showcase for the WWE Diva wrestling talent.

The wrestling was good, but the crowd was quiet. You know what? The Divas can learn a lot from Santina about working a crowd.

As a taste of things to come, Vickie Guarero has evoked a clause in her managing RAW and Smackdown and jumped ship to become the GM of RAW! Vickie graciously thanked the crowd for their support, although it was hard to hear over the crowd’s outrage. The WWE draft will be next Monday on RAW as a three hour special.

WWE Diva Mickey James beats Santino with two arms tied behind his back

25divarumble.jpgFrom Raw 3/23/09- Is Santino man enough to become ‘Miss WrestleMania?’

It’s a comedy match. It’s a frickin’ hilarious comedy match! Santino tries to use affirmative action to enter the 25 Diva Royal Rumble at WrestleMania and get a little payback on Mickey James. Vickie tells Santino that if he can beat Mickey with one arm tied behind his back, he can enter the Rumble. Well, Mickey James’ game to take on Santino and the result is a fun match to watch and a good build towards the 25 Diva Royal Rumble.

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It takes Mickey James only nine seconds at 2:21 to tie Santino’s other arm…though Santino is still left with his head…not ‘wits’… ‘head’.

WWE RAW promotes 25-Diva Battle Royal

During tonight’s edition of Raw, a graphic was shown promoting the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV. The graphic featured the following participants:

A graphic was shown during last night’s RAW promoting the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestlMania 25. The graphic shows the entire current Diva roster and if you look at the top right corner, you can see Gail Kim!

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WWE 25 Diva Royal Rumble!!!!

wm25.jpgWWE has all but confirmed that there are plans in the works for a 25-diva Battle Royal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania next month. WWE has only 18 active Divas on the roster and a few of them are still pretty green to be wrestling at a Main Event at WrestleMania, so expect WWE to fill out the vacent spots on the card with former WWE Divas. That means, for everyone out there who thought that the WWE Diva division peaked in 2003, maybe here’s your chance to watch that most excellent roster meet in the squared circle one more time.

Trish Stratus will most likely be involved. Torrie Wilson confirmed that WWE asked her to be part of the event. Torrie Wilson also confirmed in her myspace blog that former WWE diva Victoria has been contacted to wrestle. This may be a great way to have Gail Kim reintroduced. We would love to see Gail repeat her first WWE debute by winning the Rumble and begin feuding with Maryse for the Divas Championship.

There’ll be no keeping WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young from being there.

Women wrestling fans are speculating that Molly Holly, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Jazz, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Ashley Massaro and Chyna and others will be approached over the coming days. Since this is simply huge news for women wrestling, we will be actively reporting on this story over the days leading up to WrestleMania 25!

WWE RAW Candice Michelle versus Beth Phoenix

candice.jpegWWE Former Women’s Champion Candice Michelle has found her stride again on Monday’s RAW against Beth Phoenix. Although Candice didn’t win the match, she put on some decent offense. Some of the WWE Diva matches lately have come across as choreographed stuntwork versus actual wrestling. It’s nice to see a plethera of quality women matches on RAW lately. WWE Champion Melina, Kelly Kelly, Trish Stratus in her one-time appearance in Toronto and now Candice Michelle have all wrestled well against the Glamazon.

Speaking of which, too many chefs ruin the broth. The Glamazon is building an entourage around her, with first Santino and now her new interm, Rosa Mendes coming out to the ring with her and mugging her limelight. Mendes’s bouncing and handclapping and Santino’s trombone playing are seriously cramping the Glamazon’s style. How long is this going to last?

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