Torrie Wilson released by WWE
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
|Torrie Wilson, one of the longest-serving members of the WWE roster, was released today.
One of WWE's longest-serving on-air talents has been released, as Torrie Wilson and the Fed parted ways today.
"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Diva Torrie Wilson as of today, May 8, 2008," WWE stated on its web site. "We wish Torrie the best in all her future endeavors."
Wilson's departure from WWE follows her apparent retirement from in-ring competition. In an April 10 posting on her MySpace blog, Wilson stated that, "I have been told by 2 back surgeons that I should never set foot in a wrestling ring again if I want to be moving around in a few years on my own. Pretty depressing if you ask me....I don't even have some awesome memory of what my last match even was or who it was with. Hopefully it was with Victoria and I beat her! (-: I guess everything happens for a reason for sure."
Wilson first appeared on the wrestling scene as a member of WCW in 1999, following a successful fitness career which saw her win the title of Miss Galaxy 1998 among other accolades. At first, Wilson, dubbbed Samantha, was involved in angles with a number of wrestlers, including Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash and Ricc and David Flair. After a short time away from the ring, she returned with the Filthy Animals, and would later become heavily associated with Billy Kidman during the New Blood run. She would later be paired with Shane Douglas before WCW released her in December 2000, just months before the company was sold to Vince McMahon.
McMahon brought Wilson back to wrestling as part of the InVasion, primarily teaming with Stacy Kiebler against Trish Stratus and Lita. During the InVasion angle, Wilson would become aligned with Yoshihiro Tajiri. After the two split, Wilson would become embroiled in an angle with her father, Al Wilson and Dawn Marie.
In 2003, Wilson would rise to prominence outside the WWE ring as she posed for Playboy. She would pose again for the magazine one year later along with Sable (aka Rena Mero).
Through the next couple years, Wilson would appear for WWE in a number of short-lived feuds, including runs with Hiroko. In 2005, Wilson was teamed up with Candice Michelle and Victoria as the Ladies in Pink (also known as Vince's Devils). Wilson would later be excommunicated from the group and would face Candice at WrestleMania 22 in a pillow fight.
Wilson would again appear sporadically on WWE TV before aligning herself with Carlito in late 2006. Their relationship would continue through an angle involving Ric Flair, until Torrie moved to Smackdown in 2007 via the WWE Draft. Wilson's career finished up on the Friday night brand.
Related Links:SLAM! Wrestling's bio of Torrie Wilson and story archive.
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