Yesterday, the wrestling world was in an uproar as news came in that Kia “Kharma” Stevens had been “promoted” to the “Alumni Section” of WWE.com. Stevens herself seemingly confirmed this news (And her apparent release) on Twitter that day.
Amidst the rumors, TMZ.com reporter Ryan Satin stated she had been let go by the sports entertainment organization.
He wrote on Twitter Thursday evening, “A source close to Kharma tells me the rumors are true and she was indeed released from WWE today. Dumbest WWE release in SOOO LONG!!!”
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer addressed Satin’s claim on the F4WOnline.com message forum and stated that WWE had planned to finalize her termination on Friday. However, he speculates the organization may switch course due to the news prematurely surfacing online—similarly to how they briefly reinstated Florida Championship Wrestling tapings in March to save face after news leaked prematurely that they were ending and because they weren’t ready to announce the changes to NXT.
“I don’t want to say anything, because it’s WWE and they change their minds if stuff gets out,” he wrote. “But she was to be released tomorrow, and they’re pissed somebody screwed up and it got out a day early.”
Kharma is currently listed as a member of the active roster on WWE.com, but as a former Superstar on the organization’s Twitter account.
Most recently, Kharma has been removed from The Alumni Section, and WWE has not commented on the incident. Due to Meltzer’s report and Kharma’s reaction to the apparent “mistake,” it seems that there still may be more to this story than meets the eye.