Ashley's Reason For Leaving WWE Questioned, Maria's Move To SD, Palumbo-Raw

— As reported earlier today, Ashley Massaro noted on her MySpace page that she has asked for a release from her WWE contract due to an illness to her seven-year-old daughter. Celeb blog Hellarious.com posted an article on the news, saying they’re skeptical of the story. “I am skeptical of her story, given how she claimed the Rolling Stone article about her escorting was false but no lawsuit ever formulated; but situations like this have happened before and with much more money on the line,” Hellarious.com wrote. “Massaro’s story could very well be true, and if so then god bless, but the timing seems a little too suspicious.” {Article link}

— WWE.com has posted an article on the emotions of some of the wrestlers following last week’s Drafts. Regarding Maria, they wrote: “For Maria, the change was more bittersweet; the Playboy cover girl was sad to leave all of her close Raw friends behind. “[Women’s Champion] Mickie James looked at me all day long today, and every time she looked like she was about to cry.” Maria is keeping her head up though, and looking forward to becoming good friends with the Sexiest Women on Friday night Television.” On the other hand, former ECW Diva Layla is optimistic about her move to Raw. “I know for a fact that there are bigger and better things coming and I’m going to work really hard to do a great job here and shine as much as I can,” she said. On his move to SmackDown, Triple H said, “My initial reaction was shock. I’ve always considered myself to be a franchise player of [WWE’s] flagship show, Monday Night Raw. The switch to SmackDown is definitely going to be a bit of an adjustment.” The article also features comments from Kofi Kingston and Jeff Hardy. {“Feelin’ Drafty” article}

— Regarding Chuck Palumbo’s move to Raw in last week’s Supplemental Draft, internally, his move to the red brand was not seen as a good thing, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Palumbo was left off Raw on Monday, including both dark matches.

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