Eva Marie Is Only Kind of Retired

Despite being off of WWE television for nearly a year, Eva Marie's retirement from wrestling still caught many fans by surprise. Until now, fans were left only making assumptions on why she left the company.

In an interview with Kenny Herzog of Rolling Stone, Eva Marie cleared the air on her sudden departure. However, throughout the entire dialogue, Marie would not rule out a return to WWE going as far as teasing a spontaneous come back:

"I have such a great relationship with Vince [McMahon], Paul ["Triple H" Levesque] and Stephanie [McMahon]. They gave me an opportunity to step away and film these two films I have done already, and you never know when that relationship will come back. So I might appear at a SummerSlam or WrestleMania. It just so happens that the wrestling craft, you have to be able to give yourself 110 percent to that. And then with acting, you have to do the same, so we decided together that with the films going back to back. I'm going to put my efforts into acting and growing that way. And then you never know: All Red Everything could come back and snatch that title."

Wait. What? Citing Hollywood as a demanding hustle is no surprise but mentioning SummerSlam? Marie would continue to expand on her surprising ambitions to stay with WWE:

"But my ultimate goal too, is to be with WWE for the next 20-plus years. So, just like the Rock does, the name of the game is to be able to take your brand and strategically plan it. And that's why I'm grateful that WWE allowed me to step away and pursue this acting career.

Herzog asked if we, the fans, have read too much into her "retirement" in thinking that her wrestling doors have closed forever:

"I think so. It's hard for people to understand a good relationship, especially a good working one. WWE could have ultimately said, "We're not going to give Eva Marie the time off to film these films," and they signed off on it and were so supportive. And I went from All Red Everything to All Black Everything. That's a big deal, because I had worked on my gimmick for quite some time. If anything, our relationship is tighter than a golf ball."

Wow. So it sounds that Eva Marie's retirement may be more of a hiatus. In wrestling terms, Marie looks to have "worked" us a bit. While her Instagram post left little room for imagination, her latest quotes insinuate that All Red Everything will return to WWE when the time comes.