More on WWE releasing Kenice Mobley

Jun 28, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

WWE reportedly released creative writer Kenice Mobley for reasons related to her controversial comments on the “Asian Not Asian” podcast, not the fan backlash.

As noted, Mobley, a stand-up comedian and podcast host, was just hired to work the RAW brand earlier this month. She made headlines last week for her recent appearance on the “Asian Not Asian” podcast, where she revealed that WWE did not require her to have any pro wrestling knowledge when they hired her. She received significant negative feedback from fans and wrestlers for some of her other comments on Twitter and the podcast, including not knowing if the WWE Champion was named “Bobby Ashley” or Bobby Lashley. You can click here for our original report on Mobley’s comments, along with some of her background information and her tweets on pro wrestling. It was then revealed on Friday that WWE had fired Mobley, just weeks after hiring her, and a day or so after her podcast comments went viral.

In an update, Fightful Select reports that WWE sources reiterated how the fan backlash to Mobley’s comments did to contribute to her release.

It was noted that several WWE wrestlers and staffers felt disrespected by how Mobley spoke about the business after being hired, and the fact that she didn’t know who the primary WWE characters were. Word is that WWE officials actively discourage writers from speaking about the job.

It was also said multiple sources stated how WWE writers coming in with no knowledge of pro wrestling is not rare, but there’s usually an early effort made to learn about the product.

Mobley’s release was revealed just hours after The Wrestling Observer reported that she had heat within WWE for the comments. It was noted that Mobley was “under the gun” for speaking publicly about subjects that WWE did not want talked about. The Observer also noted that WWE officials were reportedly embarrassed by this going public due to the feeling that it makes the company look “blindingly stupid” to the outside world.

Mobley still has not commented on her release as of this writing. She protected her tweets earlier in the week once her comments went viral, and then made her Instagram account private once the Observer report came out on Friday morning. Her accounts remain private as of this writing.

Stay tuned for more.

9 Responses

  1. John says:

    Glad she was honest, this exposed how poorly the company operates.

  2. Pisto75666 says:

    It’s a worldwide company. You don’t take initiative to at learn about the characters you’re writing for and that’s WWE’s fault?

  3. art123guy says:

    Yes, it’s the WWE’s fault given how different the world of wrestling is compared to everything else. It’s the WWE’s fault for hiring someone with no knowledge of wrestling then expecting that person to know everything about wrestling in less than a month. It’s also the WWE’s fault for not telling new hires that they shouldn’t speak about what goes on behind the scenes in the company.

  4. Mackdeezy says:

    The way I see it, as long time readers of this site or others already knew WWE was hiring people with little to no knowledge. We saw the job ads. We can blame WWE for that because that was their approach.

    We can’t blame them for the maintained ignorance of their employees. After a few months in, you should be able to pick up a thing or two. Her not taking the job seriously enough to remember the chanpion’s name…. and the way she was pretty much talking about it… she basically told on herself. She was NOT taking the job seriously. She got WAAAAAAYYYY too comfortable. That’s on her.

  5. Joseph says:

    The world of wrestling is not different compared to everything else. It’s a soap opera in tights and the fact that she didn’t have previous knowledge of wresting is a moot point because the problem isn’t that she didn’t have previous knowledge. It’s that she couldn’t even remember the main champion’s name. Imagine if she took a job writing for the Loki tv show and she went on some show and couldn’t remember Loki’s name.

  6. art123guy says:

    Wrestling is different in the sense that at one time, no one was supposed to know it was all a work. Nowadays, that line has been so blurred that someone who knows nothing about wrestling probably looks at it like any other TV show and thinks it’s ok to talk about is flippantly as she did. Case in point:

    “It was noted that Mobley was “under the gun” for speaking publicly about subjects that WWE did not want talked about.”

    Did she KNOW what subjects she wasn’t supposed to talk about? If she did, it’s on her, if not, it’s on the WWE.I agree she was way to casual when talking about the WWE.

    The Loki comparison doesn’t work because she’s writing for the WWE, not, Bobby Lashley’s WWE. Now, if she had said “I work for the WWF” then it would work. Wondering out loud here, do we know if all the writers write for everyone on the show or do they just write for specific wrestlers?

    Lastly, the WWE has brought more attention to this by firing her than if they woulda just told her what she did wrong.

  7. Joseph says:

    Did she know? I just watched part of an interview with Andrea Listenberger on YouTube. Andrea is also a WWE creative writer with no previous knowledge of wrestling and like Kenice Mobley, her background is in comedy writing and I think sketch writing. She had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). So if she had to sign one, Kenice Mobley also had to sign one. So her talking about what she wasn’t supposed to talk about is on her and not the WWE. Maybe it was that she couldn’t remember Bobby Lashley’s name. Maybe it was because she said it was the writers who came up with all the catch phrases like “Do you smell what the rock is cooking?”. I don’t know.

    The comparison between Bobby Lashley and Loki stands in the sense that both are characters on their shows. Bobby Lashley is a character on Raw and Loki is a character in the Loki tv series. Kenice Mobley was a writer for the Raw brand so she should know who Bobby Lashley was. Just like if she wrote for the Loki tv show she should know who Loki was.

  8. art123guy says:

    “She had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).” Given this new information and if that’s the case, I stand corrected, she’s an idiot and more blame lands on her shoulders that I originally thought.

    I still disagree with the Loki comparison. Loki isn’t ‘A’ character in Loki, he’s ‘THE’ character in Loki. Though I haven’t seen it yet, I’m guessing everything revolves around Loki and he’s in the majority if not all of the scenes spanning the entire running time. Plus, the show is named after him. So if someone can’t remember Loki in Loki, they’re morons. The same cannot be said about Bobby Lashley (or anyone) on RAW.

    Maybe this will cause WWE to rethink who and/or how they hire writers.

  9. Joseph says:

    I don’t think they have to rethink who and how they hire writers and I think all the blame should fall on her. She got herself fired. I don’t see how the WWE is to blame.

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