Summer Rae's time with the WWE has come to an end and it seems it's because the company just couldn't execute their plans for the 33-year-old.
Rae's athletic career kicked off back in 2008 when she played football in the Lingerie Football League (LFL) up until 2011. She signed a developmental deal with WWE in November of 2011 where she competed in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) before it morphed into NXT.
In April of 2013, after having spent two years in developmental, Rae made her main roster debut on an episode of RAW as the dance partner of Fandango. She had various feuds on WWE TV but never anything major that propelled her into title discussion.
Rae would eventually suffer an injury that would sideline her for some time before she returned to in-ring action in February of 2016. She was drafted to Monday Night RAW in the 2016 WWE Draft but never returned to active competition.
She remained inactive for several months and was released by WWE late last month on October 29th. Per a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, and revealed that the reason she was released is because the role they envisioned for her couldn't be performed at this part of her career.
When Rae was initially singed it was believed that she could be the next Stacy Keibler, who was a major star with the male audience back in the Ruthless Aggression era. As she got older, however, that appeal lost interest from WWE officials and after several failed storylines they decided to pull the plug on her WWE career.
It was said that after her failed storyline with Rusev her release was pretty much imminent.
What are your thoughts on WWE having wanted to use Summer Rae the same way they did Stacy Keibler? Do you think this is something that could have been achieved had injuries not plagued her career? Or did the WWE simply not have any good ideas for Rae that would help her thrive in the company? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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