According to a July 1 report from Cageside Seats, WWE Divas superstar, Emma, was arrested just hours prior to AJ Lee's win over Paige at WWE Monday Night Raw in Hartford. Emma, whose real name is Tenille Dashwood, was busted for sixth-degree larceny for trying to steal an iPod case from the Wal-Mart in Hartford. Due to her arrest, she did not appear on last night's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw.
Emma has not been fired from the WWE for her shoplifting arrest, but promotion officials are apparently none to pleased with her conduct. The WWE issued a statement on July 1, stating that Emma is ultimately responsible for her actions. That message can be interpreted a few different ways. Perhaps the WWE is saying that Emma could be potentially dropped from the roster due to her own outside-the-ring actions.
Instead of an appearance from Emma, fans were treated to the grand return of AJ Lee, who had previously been on hiatus to attend to personal matters. Lee recently got married to CM Punk, and then went on a lengthy honeymoon in Hawaii. Her marriage and honeymoon was the reason she missed several months of WWE competition, but now she appears to be back for the long haul. Former NXT superstar, Paige, was the WWE Divas champ while Lee was absent.
What does Emma's arrest mean for the WWE Divas division? It's too early to tell, but last night was an early indication that Lee is picking up right where she left off. She immediately challenged Paige, and easily defeated her to earn her belt back. Paige is reportedly a bit out of favor with the WWE higher-ups.
Elsewhere, Naomi and Cameron appear to have split as a tag-team, and Alicia Fox isn't getting the kind of exposure she was expected to get just a month ago. As for Emma, she was starting to build momentum when her comedy gimmick with Santino Marella grew in popularity with WWE Universe. Unfortunately for her, getting arrested will likely lead to her getting dropped from televised spots.
Despite Emma's absence from WWE Monday Night Raw, the show drew huge ratings. That shouldn't come as much of a surprise, being that the episode marked Chris Jericho's long-awaited return to WWE competition. WWE Monday Night Raw in Hartford also got a nice boost from being the episode directly following the Money in the Bank special event that went down this past weekend in Boston.