Some new details have been released regarding the arrest of WWE Diva Tenille “Emma” Dashwood this past week. Dashwood was arrested on Monday (6/30) in Hartford, Connecticut at a Walmart and charged with shoplifting a $21.14 iPad case. She was arrested around 1:00 p.m. Eastern at the store and charged with sixth degree larceny, a Class C misdemeanor (meaning theft of an item valued at less than $250). Dashwood was released at 2:13 p.m. and then returned to the XL Center for the RAW taping.
WWE had been preparing the backstage segment with Santino Marella and Adam Rose to air later that night being taped around 3:00 p.m. and Emma had already practiced doing the backward fall into the arms of the Rosebuds (what Santino ended up doing when the segment aired). Around 4:00 p.m., WWE producer Brian James (Road Dogg) told Dashwood that she had to leave and they shot the segment without her. Dashwood was then brought to a meet and greet with sponsors in a luxury suite before RAW started and remained backstage.
Most of the talent had no idea about her arrest or why she was pulled from the backstage segment. When the story broke, many believed her story and didn’t think she tried to shoplift on purpose given her current income on the main roster. WWE then announced her release from the company on Wednesday only to reinstate her hours later the same day. Her story got picked up by a few media outlets including TMZ and The Daily Mail. As reported earlier, she was sentenced to a few hours of community service and was told all of the charges would be dropped and removed from her record upon completion. Her lawyer continued to make the case that she simply made a mistake using the self-checkout area.