The reasons behind WWE writer Kenice Mobley being fired from the company following a podcast appearance have been clarified according to a new report.
Mobley is a stand-up comedian with credits on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Chris Gethard Presents to her name. In a headline-making appearance on the ‘Asian Not Asian’ podcast, Mobley said WWE didn’t require her to have any product knowledge before being hired.
Kenice Mobley said:
“Yes, I have just been hired by WWE. Given the things that you know about me and my entire life and what I’m into, yes [that’s surprising]. Yes, also a surprise for me. They did not require me to know anything about wrestling but I do have a background in film production and comedy writing and they’re like, ‘Perfect. Come on in.’”
The podcast dropped a few weeks before Mobley started in her new role. Mobley followed up by saying that she did know who The Hurt Business was but had trouble naming the current WWE Champion.
Mobley then continued:
“So I am on the Monday Night Raw team. So there’s Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown and the people I know that are on it are Bobby — his name is either Bobby Ashley or Bobby Lashley and I really should know that. He’s like this giant Black guy and he and the people who are part of his crew, I know that they call — or at least as of last year, they called themselves The Hurt Business. The Hurt Business. They wear suits and they’re like, ‘We’re cool.’”
Soon after these revelations did the rounds, it was revealed that Mobley had been let go by the company. Fightful Select is now reporting that “reputable WWE sources” have confirmed and reiterated that Mobley was not let go due to the negative fan backlash following the podcast appearance.
The report goes on to say that the reason Mobley was let go from the company is that WWE “actively discourage writers from speaking about the job.” The report then adds that unnamed wrestlers and staffers had felt disrespected by the way Mobley discussed the wrestling business. It finally states that writers with no wrestling knowledge coming into the company aren’t rare but effort is usually made early on to pick up the requisite information.