Kharma Addresses WWE Departure

Posted by Matt Boone November 30, 2012 2 Comments

Kharma aka Amazing Kong — real name Kia Stevens — breaks her silence on her WWE release for the very first time speaking exclusively to Diva Dirt about her release, her time in WWE, her brief but boundary breaking run there, and much more.

Kharma talks about joining the company which she describes as her dream job, what it was like breaking the mold for Divas, being given a huge platform for her debut, leaving after just one month, competing in the Royal Rumble match, and her departure.

The former Knockouts Champion also discusses her journey to lose weight, pitching a reality series, her return to wrestling at SHINE 5, the current women’s wrestling scene and whether she’s had talks with TNA about returning.

The full interview is available here.

Highlights:

On being offered a job by WWE in December 2010: “I did not see it coming. I was actually about 14 days away from announcing my retirement in wrestling. I got a call. I’ll never forget, I was sick with a cold and I got a call from Tommy Dreamer and he asked if he could give my number to John Laurinaitis. And I said, ‘Um, yeah!’ Five minutes later I got a call from John Laurinaitis who spoke with me and offered me a position at WWE. I don’t think I closed my mouth for a good 20 days.”

On her WWE release: “Sometimes things aren’t moving along as quickly as they need to be, and some things weren’t progressing as quickly as they should have been. I think the release was actually a good idea and very appropriate. WWE, the world knows they don’t just hire anyone. If they hire you, they’re going to invest in you. They’re going to apply any and every resource they have for anything that you’re going through, so having said that, again, the timing just was there. My release was, in my opinion, appropriate.”

On whether she would return to TNA: “I do appreciate the opportunities I was given by TNA, Dixie Carter and Terry Taylor. I appreciate my time there, it was good… until it wasn’t. [Laughs] No [communication] whatsoever with them. I’m very grateful, they’re the ones that introduced me to the US market, but that time is gone.”

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    • wmdwf

      Well duh! You attempted to wrestle pregnant in WWE what’d you expect? A cookie? You could’ve brought on a possible lawsuit against WWE so they did the right thing by firing you.

      • Blake

        Suit for what? Wrestling pregnant? WWE would only have liability if they knew and she didn’t and they put her in the ring. Why are all you commenters so damn negative all the time? Think about what WWE was saying to the public when they hired her in the first place. It was about skill and talent, not just looks, or even side-show appeal. Same thing with Tamina, obviously. Okay, so I had a “negative” moment myself. But it wasn’t the tone of the whole thing like so many of you. Personally, I think that she has handled herself very well and she is certainly politically savvy. If WWE can find someone that could be a potential competitor for her, she’ll probably be back. With the huge increase in the female demographic that they’re focusing on, such as with the romantic angles, differing female body types are a good idea. I don’t think you’ll get an ODB, but expect to see women who don’t typically fit the Diva mold. Finally, I might add. They’re mostly cookie cutters now. Especially with Beth gone.

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