By Ryan Clark | June 24, 2009
Shortly thereafter, WWE began phasing Michelle out as a top star, culminating with the former Women's Champion going over two-and-half months without competing in a single singles or tag match on television. To add insult to injury, she was eliminated within mere seconds during a battle royal she took part in during a December edition of Raw.
In late February, Michelle suffered an ankle injury while training, putting her out of action and once again, WrestleMania. Nonetheless, she ended up appearing at the pay-per-view extravaganza as the guest timekeeper and to crown the winner of the 25-Diva Battle Royal for the title of "Miss WrestleMania." This would turn out to be her final appearance in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Michelle was expected to get a fresh start on SmackDown as she was drafted to the blue brand during the 2009 Supplemental Draft on April 15. She, however, never appeared on the brand as she was released from her contract two months later on June 19.
Michelle was never the same when she returned from her pair of collarbone injuries, not to mention her look had changed for the worse in the eyes of some company officials. Furthermore, there were some in WWE who were upset she was off working on other projects and not taking the company seriously while convalescing from her most recent ankle issues. The release caught Michelle off-guard as she had just received clearance to return to the ring last week and wrote on her Twitter account the following Thursday that she posted a blog entry on the WWE Universe social networking site. It would appear that her termination was being finalized, thus explaining why the blog was not posted. The next day, she posted on her Twitter account, "I am free to grow!," shortly after being given word of her release from the company.
It remains uncertain whether Michelle will continue to pursue a career in professional wrestling. It was announced this past week that she was accepting bookings for autograph signings, modeling, and television appearances through a wrestling booking agency, although the agency is not only limited to wrestling-related endeavors. However, she doesn't appear to be accepting wrestling bookings at the moment, nor media requests for interviews.
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