WWE is known to release their talent for a variety of reasons. Since they sign talent as independent contractors, and not employees, WWE can do whatever they like in that regard. That being said, losing your job stings, and years later Joy Giovanni is still a bit shocked that her time in Vince McMahon’s company was so short.
Joy Giovanni was first introduced to the WWE Universe during the 2004 Divas Search. She finished the competition in third place, and was offered a WWE contract. Sadly, her time didn’t last long at all, because she was cut a year later in July 2005.
Joy Giovanni recently appeared on “The A2theK Wrestling Show,” and she reflected on her release and how she felt about getting that bad phone call. Looking back, she will readily admit that she was “devastated.”
“I was pretty devastated when I found out I was released. From what I understand, I was kind of the last of that bunch of 50 of us that were all released. I think I might’ve been the very last phone call. In fact, my bags were packed by my door to go to the airport in the morning. I was supposed to go out for TV the next day,” she added, “and the thing that most people don’t know is that I had just agreed to fully commit to them and go on the road full-time, which was not part of my initial deal.”
We will have to see what the future holds for WWE. The company has released a lot of people since 2005. Only time will tell if Triple H taking over WWE’s creative direction will lead to a ceasing of those occasional sweeping releases in the name of budget cuts. Then again, with the company going up for sale, things might be out of his hands soon enough.
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