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More than ten years after being released by WWE, Christy Hemme opened up about the circumstances that led to her departure from the company in late 2005.
Hemme revealed in a new sit-down interview that there was a one-time personal incident behind-the-scenes in WWE. She was then sent to OVW to train for wrestling, and she was released shortly thereafter.
“There’s stuff that I don’t need to go into. I’m a strong woman that lives by my morals, and if you ask me to do something that’s not within my morals I will say no. So once I put that line down, that’s when I got the axe,” Hemme told Keven Undergaro of “The Tomorrow Show” live podcast.
“It was one specific incident, so I’m just gonna leave it at that, ’cause I don’t need to go into details…It was not a wrestling related risque thing. I did Playboy (laughs)…It’s just behind-the-scenes, politics, politics.”
Despite the incident, Hemme was excited to get wrestling training to potentially return to the main WWE roster. However, she was “crushed” when she was released.
“They asked me to move to OVW to train and I was like YES! I get to go train! Like I want to go work hard, I was really excited. And then when I got there, I was there for maybe a week and then I got the call that I was released. And I was heartbroken. Crushed,” Hemme said.
“When I left, it really broke my heart. I was like, ‘What do I now? I’m so in love with this business. Going into TNA, I was so thankful for another company to be part of. And, I had a ten-year run there. So, I feel like I had such a full wrestling career.”
Hemme, who was in her mid-20s at the time of her WWE exit, says she was not in a position to be outspoken about the one-time incident. She commented to Undergaro why she decided not to speak out at the time.
“At the time, it was a lot of soul-searching of ‘Okay, I could make a big thing of this – I could make a BIG thing of this – but what do I want to leave in my own legacy? What do I want people to think of when they hear my name? What’s more important to me?’ At the time, I wasn’t ready for that kind of stuff to come up when you hear my name.”