Last Sunday, WWE announced they were releasing three superstars, Emma, Summer Rae, and Darren Young.
Revealing in a statement on their website, WWE said that they have 'come to terms' with the release of the three RAW superstars, wishing them the best in all of their future endeavors, bringing their number of superstars released on the year so far in total to 14.
Emma's release was the most difficult for fans to understand last weekend, as she had recently been booked in a match against the debuting Asuka at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, and she even appeared on Monday Night RAW a week ago.
However, in the latest Week in Wrestling report on SI.com from Justin Barrasso, more light has been shed onto the reason why Emma was released from the company, as well as the releases of Summer Rae and Darren Young.
The report revealed WWE came to the decision to release the three superstars during the weekly Friday budget meeting with Vince McMahon but opted not to tell the superstars that their time in the WWE was up until Sunday.
While Rae's and Young's releases were because WWE didn't have any plans for them, Barrasso reported that: “The writing on the wall for [Emma’s] departure has been in place for some time, as she had considerable heat within the company,” with that heat coming from the writing staff.
The report notes that Emma complaining on Twitter about booking was an issue, and also her refusing to use the 'Emmalina' gimmick, resulting in WWE pulling the plug on it may have also rub creative the wrong way.
Barrasso also noted that the other motive behind Emma's release was to send a message to the locker room. He believes the departures of Jimmy Jacobs and Neville, and the supposed issues Nia Jax had with her booking were the reasons why WWE wanted to make it clear to the talent this was no time for games.
They made that point clear by release Emma, who was respected by the locker room.
With these reasons in mind, it seems the door isn't fully closed for Emma to return to the WWE one day. It may be a case of waiting to let things die down a little bit before putting in the call to see if she wants to return to the company. We'll just have to wait and see if that happens.