August 14, 2004
Sable released by WWE
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
Rena Mero, best known to wrestling fans as the buxom Sable character on Smackdown each week, has been released from her contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Reports say Mero quit due to the gruelling WWE travel schedule but a more likely explanation is she was dropped when WWE bosses caught wind of an interview she gave to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette earlier this week.
Instead of plugging the upcoming Indiana house show, Mero used the interview to speak out against the treatment of women in the wrestling business.
"Men aren't hired on looks," she said, arguing that unlike their male counterparts, female wrestlers are judged solely on cosmetic value, not grappling ability.
She also suggested women have less chance of achieving management positions in the company and claimed WWE divas are held to a higher performing standard than male wrestlers.
The WWE posted a brief statement on its website Tuesday morning, just hours after the interview was published, announcing Mero had been let go.
The release will cost her the ability to market herself as Sable -- the name belongs to WWE -- but that's a legality she's already familiar with. After all, she's been down this road before.
In 1999, after rocketing to fame during the Attitude-era wrestling boom, Mero walked out on the WWE and launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the company, alleging she was unfairly pressured to take part in raunchy photo shoots, planned wardrobe malfunctions and lesbian storylines.
Meanwhile, Mero switched gears and embarked on an acting career.
Then, reality kicked in.
Despite a successful run as a Playboy cover model, Mero found herself dwindling in relative obscurity as a D-list quasi-celebrity and shocked the world by returning to the WWE -- the company she sued -- last year.
Since her release, Mero has spent much of her time in Minnesota with her new beau -- and reported fiance -- Brock Lesnar.
Mero is said to be providing moral support for Lesnar as he trains with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, hoping to earn a nose tackle position on the team's practice squad.
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