Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
According to sources, Aksana was released so that WWE could make room for NXT Diva call-ups. Charlotte and Sasha Banks have been rumored to be the next ladies to join the main roster.
Aksana was reportedly one of Kevin Dunn’s favorite Divas, but aside from Dunn she had very little support backstage. Dunn reportedly had cooled on her in recent months, which some say led to her release.
In other Diva news, word is that Rosa Mendes’ job was saved because E! wanted her for the next season of Total Divas. Several members of WWE management have said that Total Divas was her “saving grace” and she would have been gone without that. Michael Hayes has always been a big supporter of Rosa …. and there are rumors that she’s done some “favors” for Hayes in the past. Here is one of our past reports from October 9th, 2013 regarding the Michael Hayes/Rosa Mendes situation:
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON OCTOBER 9TH, 2013: We reported earlier here on the website that WWE creative team member Michael Hayes was “dealing with a personal issue” and has been off the road for several weeks now.
In an update on this, former WWE creative team member Court Bauer recently appeared on MLW Radio and claimed the reason Hayes was off the road is because he’s currently suspended from WWE because he tried to give Rosa Mendes alcohol just days after she returned to the road after being in rehab for substance abuse.
Several months ago, we reported that Mendes was sent home from a UK tour after several sources stated she was “drunk” for most of the tour and WWE decided that “it was clearly enough”. According to sources, the 33-year-old had been “partying too much on the tour,” with one company source describing her as “a mess.”
After being sent home, Mendes tweeted the following in response to the reports:
“Just wanted to let all my #Mendesluverz that I’m ok. I had to take care of some personal matters. Thank you for all your support. Love you.”
“I also encourage everyone to continue #MuscleMania. It has helped me in the past and it will still be helping me now. #Determination.”
Following those tweets, WWE issued the following statement regarding Rosa being sent home…
“Milena Roucka (Rosa Mendes) left the international tour for personal reasons.”
As of this writing, WWE has not released any kind of official statement regarding Hayes.
It should also be noted that earlier this year, former WWE Superstar Chris Masters posted a tweet alleging that a female member of the SmackDown roster maintains sexual relations with head creative writer Michael Hayes in order to keep her job.
He wrote, “So if I had to tell you one smackdown diva who gave freebird hayes an “Oral” agreement to keep her job, who’d you guess?”
At the time, it was widely speculated that the person Masters was talking about was Rosa Mendes. We could never confirm that report and Rosa never responded to the claims for obvious reasons. With the above report, you can now read into that what you will.
Similar allegations regarding sexual politics in the WWE lockerroom have been made as Taryn Terrell (a/k/a Tiffany) stated last December that she would not trade sexual favors with individuals in positions of power in order to maintain employment with the sports entertainment organization.
“No…if I have to sleep with people in power to keep or continue progressing in my job, I’d rather be poor,” Terrell wrote on Twitter in response to a specific question about whether she would return to WWE.
She later retracted her remark, saying it wasn’t about WWE or anyone in particular, but rather a generalized statement of companies she’s worked for.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.