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Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:12 a.m.

WWE takes their slop and alleged shoplifting seriously.

Stephanie McMahon is following in Vince McMahon's footsteps. The No. 1 antagonist who is over-the-top with heel antics.

Swimming for her life in a kiddy pool full of slop while pulling referee's in with her. It's crackerjack material in the WWE production meeting — even when she was doing the bad dancing to John Cena's theme music last week. It all reminds me of Vinnie Mac.

Truth be told, I don't mind it. I have to admit: I laugh at Stephanie's acting. She also gets easier on the eyes. On my show on TribLIVE Radio, I call her Stephanie “Fine Wine” McMahon because she gets better with age.

The problem is that Vince could hold up his end of the feud and pay off in the ring. After months of conflict with whatever talent he was feuding with, he could give the people what they wanted — to see him take a beating.

Stephanie can't do that. All she can do is make Seth Rollins, Kane or Randy Orton fight her battles for her. It doesn't matter how you dress it, this makes those guys seem like gofers.

The other problem is we're seeing too much of Stephanie and her husband, Triple H. I don't want them to go away, but I don't want them in half the segments on a three-hour show.

While Stephanie makes Connecticut proud, she and the company weren't happy with one of their talents last week.

WWE fired and rehired WWE Diva Emma last week in a matter of hours after she was booked for larceny of an iPod case at a Walmart in Connecticut, according to the Hartford (Conn.) Courant.

The Hartford Courant also reported that her attorney, Hubert Santos, said it was a misunderstanding with the self-checkout system. I believe the attorney. But when you end up on the news as a WWE performer allegedly shoplifting from Walmart in Vince McMahon's home state, well, I'm afraid I've got some bad news.

WWE was embarrassed by the media picking up on a story about one of their performers allegedly shoplifting. I'm still waiting for the news piece on if the company or state is embarrassed by Stephanie, a company executive who was born in Hartford, to be on-screen doing the breast stroke in a pool of slop or throwing up because of bad coffee.

WWE's logic, or lack there of, with firing Emma was stunning.

WWE has had other performers in the past show up on news outlets being accused of crimes. The crimes seemed to be more serious than Emma's situation, but WWE didn't react quite as quickly.

WWE endured a lot of backlash on social media in the few hours Emma was fired, and they knew more was to come. It appears the company decided it overreacted and announced her reinstatement. In the words of John Laurinaitis: “People Power.”

I'm glad WWE rehired Emma. I find her entertaining, and she's from Australia. I wouldn't be surprised if she is in the United States on a work visa. If the firing from WWE stuck, I'd hate to think what kind of problems it could have caused her.

WWE did state it was going to punish her appropriately. No surprise, Santino Marella, who had been linked to Emma on-screen, just announced his retirement Sunday.

Advice to Emma: If you see yourself listed on a script with Khali, run.

Justin LaBar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7949 or

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