YMMV / Kelly Kelly

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Her exhibitionist days and semi-nude pictorals are what most remember her for, despite Kelly being presented more as a Girl Next Door after WWE went PG, which was only two years into her career.
  • Broken Base: Six years in WWE and opinions were still divided on her. Specifically her proper push in the year 2011. Half the base felt Kelly Kelly was fine as a Ms. Fanservice but should not have been pushed as a legit title contender. Others felt she was improved enough and was incredibly over enough to warrant a push - especially since her matches with Beth Phoenix were at least given more time and attention than normally afforded to the Divas at the time. Cewsh Reviews were initially dismissive of her, but came to appreciate her efforts to at least put something into her matches.
  • Creator's Pet: Her time in WWECW, especially when she was part of The Extreme Expose, a group booed so heavily WWE simply muted the house mics when they appeared, and the trio kept appearing, even as numerous "ECW Brand" wrestlers were released or otherwise not used. It got so bad that Ariel, a long running scrappy prior to WWECW, ended up becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse even though she was a heel manager to the vampire Kevin Thorn. The breakup of the Expose and resulting feud she lost to Lena and Layla might have been the best things to happen to Kelly, as they actually got her sympathy from what little audience WWECW had left.
  • Critical Dissonance: Smarks and critics despised her to no end, but she received great reactions from fans in the arenas.
  • Critical Research Failure: In an interview in Maxim Magazine in November 2011, she talked about doing Rikishi's Stinkface move, which she called her best move, though she called him "Rafiki", and said that he does the move in a diaper. Rikishi wore a mawashi. Also, at the time, she worked with Rikishi's sons, The Usos. This sparked much online ridicule.
  • Designated Hero: Well, more like Designated Damsel, but during the exhibitionist gimmick in ECW, Mike Knox was featured as her "jealous overprotective boyfriend". He was a bit of a jerkass, sure, and the "revealing dame covered by a jealous flame" routine has been done before plenty of times in wrestling, but when it got to the part where she started openly crushing on CM Punk and then trying to strip for him, one couldn't help but consider the implications and feel sorry for Knox.
  • Ear Worm: Her entrance theme, a Suspiciously Similar Song of Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Particularly visible during 2008 and 2009. When they were pushing Candice, the crowds cared more about Kelly Kelly. Then in a match at Bragging Rights when she was teaming with the very over Melina, the crowd was chanting for her to get into the match and popped loudly when she was tagged in.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Her move to Raw in 2008 is what sparked Diva Dirt columnists to finally warm to her, as she was featured in the ring a lot more and showed notable improvements in there. This coincided with the return of Candice Michelle, whose abilities were getting lukewarm reactions. Many were citing Kelly as someone outperforming Candice.
    • Diva Dirt were also receptive to her move to Smackdown in 2010, noting a huge improvement in her character. Previously she had been thought of as a rather bland Ms. Fanservice. During her program with LayCool and teaming with Taryn Terrell, she developed a Good Is Not Nice Beware the Nice Ones persona.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The backstage segment where Kane threatens her and asks her if there's someone else, to which she nods and starts crying might be hard to watch for someone with the knowledge that she was dating Andrew "Test" Martin at the time and he would die in a few weeks after that segment aired.
  • Memetic Loser: Only surpassed by Ashley Massaro when it comes to being the scapegoat for the decline in women's wrestling in the PG Era. Kelly might actually be a bigger one since she was with the company longer than Ashley and is more well remembered. She is however more divisive than Ashley.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Her constant screaming during all her matches.
  • Narm: Maria Kanellis had this reaction to her Roaring Rampage of Revenge after losing the Divas' title to Beth Phoenix, comparing it to a teenager's tantrum over having her phone taken away.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • During her exhibitionist gimmick, she once had trouble unhooking her bra. If the Kelly's Expose gimmick is brought up, this incident is always mentioned along with it.
    • Ever since her title push it's almost an obligation for someone to point out that she can't properly run ropes. Famous people who have pointed this out include The Spoony One, Lance Storm, and Dave Meltzer.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Diva Dirt columnists had this reaction to her program with LayCool, claiming she came out of her title match against Layla at least looking like a possible top Diva. This is despite the feud being based around them calling her "Smelly Kelly".
  • The Woobie: Nearly her whole career has been as this. It's like WWE takes some perverse pleasure in making her suffer. It's no doubt helped by those big blue eyes and that huge smile. Seeing her sad just invoked big brother instinct in (most) of the fanbase. In her shoot interview she claimed that she asked her opponents to go hard on her in the ring to inspire this reaction.
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