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Ivelisse Milagro Vélez, who had been working for WWE in their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling under the ring name Sofia Cortez, has been released from WWE. She confirmed the release via her Twitter account today:
I, as well, have been released by WWE. Sorry my #Soljas….
Vélez, who began her professional wrestling career in 2005 in Puerto Rico, rose to prominence as a contestant on Tough Enough last year, a televised competition that awarded the winner a WWE contract. Vélez was eliminated from the competition due to injury, but offered a developmental contract in November. She made her debut under the name Sofia Cortez at a FCW house show in a 6-women tag team match, teaming with Cameron Lynn and Audrey Marie to defeat Caylee Turner, Leah West and Raquel Diaz. She made her television debut on the December 25 edition of FCW, teaming with Caylee Turner to defeat Cameron Lynn and Kaitlyn. On the February 5 episode of FCW television Cortez teamed with Raquel Diaz in a losing effort to the team of Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn. On the March 11 episode of FCW television, Cortez formed an alliance with Paige and Raquel Diaz, with the trio attacking Audrey Marie. The following week on FCW television, Cortez teamed up with Paige losing to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn. Cortez and Paige dubbed themselves the Anti Diva Army. In July 2012, Vélez, as Sofia Cortez, debuted on the third episode of the sixth season of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, as face where she defeated Paige. On the July 25 episode of NXT, Cortez defeated WWE Diva Natalya by count-out afterwards Cortez was attacked by Natalya and put in a sharpshooter.