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Released NXT Diva was originally pitched as AJ Lee’s bodyguard

Last week we noted that Kendra Smith (known in NXT as Kendall Skye) asked for her release from the company. She was an actress from Los Angeles and was well liked by Dusty Rhodes because she did well in promo class and presentation. She took longer to progress in the ring and had injuries so that probably delayed her somewhat. They tried her out as a ring announcer and she wrestled on some of the house shows. She was with them since early last year. She was also a stunt woman before being signed to WWE.

The original idea for her, because of her great promo work and kickboxing background, was to have her be the WWE’s version of Ronda Rousey. People were high on the idea but it was dropped. There was also a pitch for her to be AJ Lee’s bodyguard but the role was given to Tamina Snuka. It is believed that she tried wrestling and then just felt that it would be better to return to the entertainment industry.

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