So I was already involved in entertainment, but nothing big as WWE. It was nerve racking just like any other reality show and I definitely learned a ton.
How was your overall experience with the Diva Search? Did you enjoy more of the physical aspect of wrestling or the entertainment aspect of it? People have asked me if I liked the interviews or the wrestling. There were times like Wrestlemania where I had a match and it was an incredible experience. I think it’s incredible to know she’s getting inducted this year. My mom was a great woman, but my dad was always the king of the castle, so to speak. So I don’t think WWE is lacking when it comes to women talents.
There were lingerie models and full time wrestlers who came from the independent scene. Mickie was on the independents before WWE, Melina was a wrestler for a log time before she made it to the WWE main roster and Candice Michelle went from being a lingerie model to being excellent in the ring.
It’s the same type of atmosphere now, with the only difference being that there’s different names.
There were only lingerie pillow fights and bikini contests for the first couple of years that I was there and that fizzled out.
Former WWE diva Maria Kanellis has been in the wrestling business for over a decade, spending the last three years as a member of the Ring of Honor roster. People who want to criticize him, try it for one weekend." She cited his time on the indies as a contributing factor to his exit, noting he'd been beat up before even getting there.
Before that, she spent years in the WWE, including a stint dating current UFC fighter CM Punk. When you beat someone up that long without some humanity, it takes a toll. Punk's idea to bring up endorsement deals was also talked about, and Maria was asked about double standards within the company. I think it happens a lot, just like anywhere else." Maria will be taking on ODB at Ring of Honor's 13th Anniversary PPV on March 1.
Maria appeared on the to discuss Punk, as well as issues in WWE. "Some people's voices get heard more than others, just like any business.
Maria said she never expected Punk to join the UFC, but when she heard the news of Punk leaving the WWE in the manner in which he did, she wasn't shocked.
Former WWE Diva and first Lady of Ring of Honor, Maria Kanellis took some time to participate in an exclusive in-depth interview with My first question is how did you decide to become a wrestler? 10 years later, I think it’s the best decision I ever made.
Maria speaks on a variety of subjects including WWE, ROH, her singing career, the weirdest question she’s ever received, CM Punk and more. I was a bikini model at the time and had just done a reality show Outback Jack.
Low and behold, I saw my photo on Monday Night Raw and I got a phone call asking to come and audition.
One week when I was 22, I entered the Diva Search online thinking nothing of it.