WWE has reportedly released writer Kenice Mobley after social media backlash following an appearance on the ‘Asian Not Asian’ podcast in which she stated that the WWE did not require her to have any prior knowledge of professional wrestling.
Mobley is a stand-up comedian with credits on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Chris Gethard Presents to her name.
During her shift into the world of WWE, Mobley joined the ‘Asian Not Asian’ podcast to talk about her new role in WWE.
“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.’”
“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.’”
Mobley’s comments were met with backlash online with fans and wrestling personalities alike angered by the comedians hiring given her lack of knowledge on the product and the industry as a whole.
In an update to Mobley’s recruitment, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful broke the news that the former comedian had been released by the WWE following her podcast appearance.
WWE writer Kenice Mobley has been let go. She was in the news this week after a podcast appearance where she said she wasn't familiar with the product.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Voice Over Work (@SeanRossSapp) June 25, 2021
Sean Ross Sapp had announced earlier in the day that more staff cuts and potentially talent cuts were set to come within the WWE with Jon Alba reaffirming the announcement stating that more staff releases were set to come this evening [June 25, 2021] as further cost-cutting within the WWE.
Earlier in the month Andrew Zarian, who recently broke the news of the planned dates for the WWE Draft, announced that more releases were set to come.
WWE is releasing more personnel today. Unsure of who.
This is a continues the cost-cutting by the company we've seen the last couple of months.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) June 25, 2021
Inside the Ropes will not speculate at this time as to the nature of or names involved in the reported releases however we will bring you further information on the news as it becomes made available, head over to ITRWrestling.com for the latest news as it is confirmed.