Maria Kanellis was interviewed on the newest “ROHStrong” podcast. She mentioned her return to Ring Of Honor, her husband’s return to the corporate for a reunion with Matt Taven, her ideas on the way forward for the ladies’s division, whether or not she plans to wrestle in ROH, working in OVW, Paul Heyman, her time in WWE, New Japan Professional Wrestling, and extra.
Maria was requested in regards to the album she put out 10 years in the past referred to as “7 Sins” and why she hasn’t continued her singing profession: “That is going to shock individuals however I used to be a nervous wreck to carry out. It made me actually uncomfortable. I nonetheless write. I get actually uncomfortable in entrance of crowds singing. I had just a few showcases that have been arrange and I canceled them as a result of I received so nervous. I actually loved writing it. I didn’t write the music, I wrote the lyrics. I labored with just a few different musicians on it. I had loads of enjoyable writing it, however performing was not for me.”
Maria shared her ideas on Paul Heyman: “He’s a trainer. He was my mentor for a really very long time. He was the person who made me consider that I may write as a result of he believed in me on the time. Lately, I really feel like his legacy hasn’t been upheld as a lot correctly due to no matter WWE is doing. The concept he had for Mike and I used to be nice. It may have been wonderful however sadly, alongside the best way, issues get watered down and muddy. I’d say he’s a mentor, an educator and he’s my buddy. I textual content him randomly and ask him, hey ‘What about this individual? What do you suppose? How can I make this higher?’ He’s one individual that I do know if I textual content him, I’ll hear again from him inside a day. I feel one of many robust issues is you don’t know all of the stuff. Sure, individuals could be polarizing however you don’t know what the entire story is. I solely know what occurred to me. I do know what Paul informed me. I do know what was truly thrown at me on the final minute as I’m strolling out to the ring. So I don’t know. One of many craziest experiences I ever had wasn’t a promo. I had promos the place I used to be studying my traces as I’m happening to the ring and saying them in my head, like okay, they simply informed me to say this, don’t say that phrase. However, it was a match. I received within the ring. Beth stated we now have 2 minutes. It was alleged to be a match the place I used to be displaying one thing. I used to be alleged to have a bit of bit extra fireplace. Beth is piecing this sucker collectively as we’re locking up. Once more, who is aware of with all of the tales floating round about Heyman. I do know what I learn about me and that’s what I’m going to go off of.”
Maria talked about Vince McMahon: “As a result of lots of people take loads of issues out of context, I’m going to attempt to make this very clear to individuals. Vince McMahon gave me a chance and if I’m right, which like I stated earlier than, you by no means know for certain, it was Vince and Kevin Dunn who have been those who stated, sure, deliver her again. So I admire that. On the time, it was a wonderful alternative. Alongside the best way, I used to be given unbelievable alternatives. I used to be in a position to journey the world. That was unbelievable. However at a sure level, individuals want to alter and they should develop, and develop up, and study that the world is altering. Regardless that I admire the alternatives I used to be given up to now, I actually want that Vince would study and would hearken to individuals. Sure, it labored up to now. That’s nice. I’m completely satisfied for you that you simply created an business. However at a sure level, as a result of you’re the pinnacle, the definition of what skilled wrestling is, you might want to present the world which you could change as a result of that’s the solely means that this business will get higher. It’s the one means that we are able to fully transfer ahead. Sure, you might have rivals and they’re doing an important job, however they don’t have the attain. As a result of Vince McMahon has the attain, he can change loads of lives, and so, in that means, I feel he must be extra ahead trying and fewer being like the highschool soccer participant who says, ‘I had that nice play. It was superior.’ Okay, cool. Let’s transfer ahead. Let’s see what else you bought. Are you now a household man and do you actually imply it or is that some form of advertising and marketing ploy? There are loads of issues that that firm says that they don’t really consider as a result of in the event that they did, my husband and I’d not have been fired this yr together with loads of different fantastic individuals whether or not they have been workers or skilled wrestlers.”
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