Cathy Kelley announces she is leaving WWE after TakeOver

On Friday, Cathy Kelley posted a note revealing that this Sunday’s TakeOver: Portland card will be her last show with the company.

On Friday, Cathy Kelley posted a note revealing that this Sunday’s TakeOver: Portland card will be her last show with the company.

Kelley noted it was her decision to leave and indicated that she needed to step away in order to grow.

The 31-year old was part of the AfterBuzz network of shows where she would discuss WWE programming and was signed by the company in February 2016. She was a backstage interviewer, primarily on NXT but had also begun appearing on Friday Night SmackDown. Her prominent work was with the WWE digital side including as host of ‘WWE Now’, which is now hosted by McKenzie Mitchell.

Below is Kelly’s message she posted on Friday morning:

I’ve typed out and deleted this about 20 times over the past few days, still unsure what to write…I have come to the decision to leave WWE, with Sunday’s NXT Takeover being my last day. If you know me, you know this was more than a job, you know how much I loved it and how difficult this decision was. But sometimes in order to have room for growth, you have to step away.

I am so thankful for getting to live out a crazy dream the past four years. Thank you to the WWE digital team for being a platform that never stifled creatively. Thank you to Stephanie McMahon for being a mentor and inspiration in every way. Thank you to Triple H for heading up the best wrestling show currently on tv and letting me be a part of it. And thank you to everyone who has supported me, whether it’s watching a video I’ve done or sending a tweet of encouragement. Words cannot begin to express how much it means.

I’m not sure yet where my next chapter will take me, but I am damn excited for it. And I promise this isn’t a goodbye, it’s just a see you later.

 

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