Thanks for not providing the link or anything. Nice job.
Below is the text of her MySpace blog, but when I checked her MySpace page the blog was taken down. (By the way, if you've ever seen any of Ashley's blogs in the past, this is by far the most literate she's ever written. Her past musings are virtually incomprehensible.)
You know, you wonder for three years when the day would finally come and when it does, it's not as funny as I hoped it would be. Maybe when the "we wish her the best on her future endeavors" post on wwe.com goes up. One thing's for sure, I'll miss her awesome tits and her awesome wrestling. One of those things are for sure.
Finally, Ashley's blog:
some unfortunate news...this is the hardest decision i have ever had to make
I have some thing to tell you guys and I wanted u 2 be the first 2 hear it...I tried very hard out of the respect I have for her privacy and not wanting her 2 be exposed in any negative light but I have a 7yr old daughter and I just found out 2day that she not well and I can't be on the road with WWE when my own flesh and blood needs me...I am a single parent trying 2 juggle taking care of my child and working my butt off for her and now at this point when she is sick and needs me home I have 2 make the decision 2 bow out of wwe for a while and take care of my daughter...I wish I could do both and that there were more ways 2 get everything done but with the severity of the situation I'm going 2 have 2 ask for an early release for now...I may be back if she gets better...please keep her in your prayers...I love the wwe...I love all the talent that works there and most of all I love all the fans...thanks for always being so supportive...so this is me taking a bow and stepping out of the lime light right now to take care of my family...stick with me guys cause I will be back somewhere some how when this is all over...thanks for all your love and support and I'm sorry 2 be the bearer of bad news...thanks and good night my punks...stick with me ill see you soon Xoxo Dirty Dirty
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffI love how she posts a heartfelt tale of woe, then signs it "Dirty Dirty".
Ashley is a classy lady, no doubt about it.
But honestly, the real news here is that Ashley has a kid. I can't say I was surprised when word hit that she may or may not have been a prostitute, but the fact that she's a mom, and that the kid's seven years old? Can't say I saw that coming.
Maybe I'm a cruel skeptic. Ashley has been injured a bit over the past year, she has rarely appeared on WWE tv since about Jan., and now she's been implacated in a escort scandal. Now we're just hearing for the first time a child with a undisclosed illness or disease.
Now if it's true or not, I still hope for nothing but best for Ashley and her child. I have no ill will towards her; she wasn't my favorite diva, but she seemed like one of the ones to give it her best effort. But I can't shake the feeling that the situation isn't as bad as it sounds and that she may be using this as a way to get out of the spotlight. The WWE experience may not had been working out for her as she would had hoped, so she may have been looking for a way to leave in the wake of the escort trouble.
Either way, I wish her nothing but good luck. After the rough events recently she has had, she deserve some good news.
It seems a bit strange that she wants a release from her contract when I'm sure Vince would be willing to give her an extended leave of absence, but I'm sure she doesn't want that being held over her head. Best wishes to her and her daughter.
Look at it from her employer, WWE's, point of view. Ashley is the Homer Simpson of WWE: She never goes to work.
In three years with the company, I don't think any other member of the roster has spent more time away from TV. This isn't a case of "Creative has nothing for you" or that she's like Val Venis, an agent who trains backstage and appears sporadically but remains listed on the main roster. She's proven to be unreliable and injury prone and has spent roughly half her tenure on the DL or absent from television.
Soon after winning the Diva Search in 2005, Ashley breaks her leg in a battle royal and spends months on the DL.
In 2006 when she came back, she was moved to Smackdown and pushed as their top Diva. Then she somehow broke her wrist. She was then moved to being the valet of London and Kendrick, where she found her best success as she managed to spend several months standing at ringside with them largely without incident. Somewhere around there, I think there was another brief leave of absence where she dropped weight and came back thinner than before. Ashley also starts contributing a column about her travels to rock concerts on wwe.com, which if you've ever read her MySpace blogs, must have required long, sleepless nights of copy editing on wwe.com's part. She then poses for Playboy, which is the most useful thing she did for WWE and herself.
In 2007, her Playboy pictorial got her a Women's Title match with Melina at WrestleMania, which was terrible and she bombed at. She never wrestled another match in 2007. (I think you can count on one hand how many matches Ashley had on TV in 2007.) Ashley was then fired on TV for spilling coffee on Vince, making her cry like a wittle girl in the process (some tough punk chick she turned out to be).
She then spends more than half of 2007 off TV. But that was because she got Survivor: China, which is a huge break for her and a chance for a WWE talent to represent the company on one of the most popular shows on network TV. And she bombed, behaved embarassingly, even in the mudwrestling challenge that should have played to her strengths as a wrestler (which only is by a wild stretch of imagination despite her primary employer. She was kicked off the island in episode 2. Something that WWE could have trumpeted becomes barely worth a mention on WWE TV.
In early 2008 Ashley returns to WWE, noticably even thinner and unhealthier looking. She makes a few appearances in January and then... she got injured again somehow. She spends the next two months off TV. Luckily for her, and unfortunately for Candice, Candice reinjured her collarbone. Ashley happened to be healed sufficiently from her latest injury to take Candice's place at WrestleMania. After a few more appearances in Diva tag matches and as a Diva Lumberjill, Ashley disappeared again when the Rolling Stone escort story broke. While off television, she continued to tattoo her only real commodity for WWE, her body, first adding Chinese writing down her right torso and later adding a dragon tattoo and more Chinese writing covering her entire left torso. Even Jim Ross on a recent blog was bewildered by this. And Ashley remained off TV until she asked for her release.
If you were her employer, you have to ask yourself if she's worth the money you're paying her. I mean, beyond her annual salary, there was the $250,000 she got for winning the Diva Search. What exactly has WWE received for their investment in Ashley Massaro? Honestly, considering her long absences and pathetic performances when she's on television, I'm simply amazed she lasted as long as she did. (Hell, she would have remained employed if she didn't ask for her release.) I won't conjecture how or why Ashley remained in WWE for so long when many others would have been dropped much sooner like a hot rock, but in the words of Stevie Ray, "It don't make no sense, Tony!"
Still, I hope her daughter becomes well and I hope she gets her act together. I would even settle for her learning basic grammar and diction when she writes.
Jeez, you guys are all heart. Kick any orphans or lame puppies lately?
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Does Piper go on about "Tootsies Bar & Grille" in this episode? I remember him rambling about that a ton during this time and being completely baffled by it. So, next week's Nitro features a huge debut for WCW.