What's the story?
WWE backstage interviewer Dasha Fuentes announced in April 2019 that she had been released by the company.
Speaking to WSVN-TV's Chris Van Vliet, she has revealed the reason that she was given for her departure.
In case you didn't know…
Dasha Fuentes signed a WWE developmental contract after attending the same tryout as future Superstars Nia Jax, Dash Wilder and Riddick Moss in December 2013.
After making her in-ring debut at an NXT live event in April 2015, she took a similar path to JoJo Offerman by stepping away from the squared circle to become a backstage interviewer and ring announcer in NXT.
From 2016-2019, she was often seen interviewing WWE’s top Superstars on the main roster, usually on SmackDown Live, while she also worked as a host at untelevised live events.
She last appeared on WWE television on the April 1, 2019 episode of Raw – one week before WrestleMania 35 – and later announced that she had left the company.
The heart of the matter
Dasha Fuentes’ last on-screen interview came when she asked Roman Reigns if, with no Shield by his side, he has what it takes to face Drew McIntyre one-on-one at WrestleMania 35.
There was a brief slip-up where she mentioned that Reigns accepted McIntyre's "match", as opposed to "challenge", but it did not seem like a big deal.
During her interview with Chris Van Vliet, Fuentes recalled what happened next (quotes via Fightful):
“They called me on a Tuesday and I was told 'After the events that occurred on Monday Night Raw, we are taking you off TV and you're not going to WrestleMania'. I literally went back and I watched the interview and there a tiny little blip that happened but it was live, it was with Roman and I figured it was a pretty good interview and I could see the growth and consistency that was happening from week to week. So I was like 'Series of events?' and I was just taken aback.”
Fuentes thought she might move back to NXT as a ring announcer, but she received a call the day after WrestleMania 35 informing her that she had been fired.
“I was told I'd get a call the next week and told what was going on. Well, the following Monday after WrestleMania I got a call that lasted literally like a minute and a half and they said 'We're letting you go' and I was like 'Well, thanks for five years and that's it.”
Moving forward, Dasha Fuentes added that she hopes to host shows on a larger network scale all over the world, while she also plans to start her own YouTube channel.
It is worth noting that the 45-minute interview was largely positive, with Fuentes showing a lot more personality than she did during her time as a backstage interviewer.