According to a July 2 report from Cageside Seats, WWE Divas superstar, Emma, was arrested for shoplifting just hours before this week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw at the XL Center in Hartford, but it won't affect her standing with the WWE. The WWE initially released Emma from its roster of divas superstars when word got out that she shoplifted an iHome 'Slim Swivel' iPad Mini case from a Hartford-area Wal-Mart.
However, the WWE has reconsidered its position on the situation. As of July 3, the 25-year-old Emma was reinstated to the WWE roster. Apparently the shoplifting situation was a huge misunderstanding. Emma, real name Tenille Dashwood, reportedly forgot to swipe the iPod case when going through the self-checkout line at the store. She wasn't intentionally trying to steal the item.
Even though it appears she didn't purposely try to shoplift, Emma was ordered to do community service and take an online course. Upon completion, her case will be thrown out. The WWE says they will take appropriate punitive action for Emma's violation, but she will not be released from the roster. When news broke that Emma was released, WWE Universe was outraged.
After all, Jack Swagger and Cameron are still on the WWE roster even though they both have DWI arrests on their resume. Emma's offense seemed far less severe, so it appeared to be a double standard to fire her for what she did. Fortunately for WWE Universe, Emma is now back in the WWE Divas division.
Emma, the first ever WWE Divas superstar from Australia, rose to popularity a few months back with her comical dance routines, and alignment with Santino Marella. Emma and Marella often feuded with Fandango and Summer Rae, in televised spots that got over in a big way with the fans. Unfortunately, Emma hasn't seen much air time since Paige received a call-up from NXT.
The WWE has been making some major cuts in recent months, with another $20 million expected to be trimmed from the budget by the end of this year. Since Emma has been a bit of a fringe character, that seems to be the main reason why the WWE was initially quick to release her from the roster. Moving forward, Emma is likely on a short leash. Hopefully she has learned her lesson and will never shoplift again.