I’m still not entirely sure what to make of this week’s Emma-related saga. (Melodr-emma?)
After news broke of her arrest for sixth-degree larceny (or ‘shoplifting’, as it’s known), WWE were swift to update their website with news of her release.
By the time I woke up the next morning, she’d been reinstated, and WWE were talking ominously of the further action they intended to take in recognition of her law-breaking.
I found the entire episode quite puzzling. This is a company with talent who have been arrested, variously, for assault, for drug abuse, for drink-driving. They have a convicted rapist in their Hall of Fame, for goodness sake! I don’t recall mealy-mouthed moralistic musings from the company about any of those incidents.
Perhaps, as IGN’s Matt Fowler speculated, it was related to Emma’s visa conditions. If so, you’d think the legal requirements could have been assessed prior to the initial announcement of her release.
And it’s unlikely to be related to budget cuts – I don’t imagine she’d be on a sizeable salary.
What does worry me is the kind of punishment Emma might be subjected to. We all know how the WWE like to teach people a lesson: they’ve brought in real-life incidents to storylines. Concussion, Dolph Ziggler? Then let Triple H show you just how big and tough he is when HE gets hit on the head! Fainting, AJ Lee? Then let Vickie Guerrero show you just how cowardly and weak that is! Will some other novice Diva be embroiled in some kind of stealing storyline in the next few weeks?
Failing that, of course, there’s the old standby for humiliating women in WWE – a nice touch of slut-shaming. Will Emma go off with somebody else and break Santino’s heart, and then have Italian words for “whore” screamed at her?
That will unfold in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, we can just be grateful one of the best new women wrestlers in the company is actually keeping her job.