Former Playmate & WWE Diva Maria Kanellis Speaks on Returning to Wrestling, ROH & More

The “first lady of ROH” and leader of the ladies division of Crossfire Wrestling, Maria Kanellis stopped by Kayfabe Wrestling Radio to discuss Best in the World 2012: “Hostage Crisis” and the Crossfire Wrestling event August 4th. Among the highlights:

Maria on her involvement with Ring of Honor and the crowd at the 10th Anniversary event: “Oh my God. It’s such an amazing thing to now be part a part of Ring of Honor. That crowd has just been with them for years and years and years and now we’re building an even bigger fan base. I find it so incredibly honoring to be a part of something that’s been around for so long and so many people have been through. That crowd is just insane, and I love every moment of it.”

Maria on returning to in-ring work:“Well, Mike (Bennett) is the one that did it, because I was nervous about getting back in the ring. He really changed my opinion about a lot of things; I was feeling a bit insecure about getting back in the ring especially when there are all these tremendous indy wrestlers out there that can do so much more in the ring than I can. He said ‘you just have to keep back at it, and if you want to change that opinion and get better in the ring, then go do it. Rather than wishing you would have for the rest of your life, go out and do it; have good matches, try for some championships, see what you can do with this.’ And it doesn’t matter to me if it’s in front of a hundred people or 20,000 people, what matters to me is that I get to do something I love and I get to get better at it.”

Maria on her ‘tough love’ towards Jessicka Havok within Crossfire Wrestling: “Of course, we all need moments where we’re knocked off our pedestals; it makes us better. This is a high-profile match (with Jillian Hall) for her and she can think I have something against her or she can think of it as an opportunity to showcase her skills. For me, I think it’s going to showcase her skills and I only want to put on the best women’s wrestling possible. That’s why I became the Creative Director, so I can do just that. She has an attitude and I try to control that attitude; a lot of people in the past have had attitudes, but they can be the best workers in the world; I’ve heard stories about Shawn Michaels, back in the day, or I’ve heard stories about CM Punk and their horrible attitudes, but they’re some of the greatest workers in the world and you can’t deny talent and I won’t deny talent just because personally a person gets under my skin.”

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Source: Kayfabe Wrestling Radio