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.
It’s definitely changed from 15 years ago when WWE wasn’t a PG product.
But it hasn’t changed much from the time I was there.
You talked about female wrestlers coming from a wrestling background and some from a modeling background.
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.
But now working with Mike in ROH, I do more of the entertaining and I enjoy that just as much. Lita was a strong female and did what she pleased and I admired that. I hope the girls get more and more time to get into the spotlight because of how good they are becoming.
Because you’ve competed in the Lingerie matches, Pillow fights etc, what do you think about WWE’s current product not showcasing such matches? I was there at a time when there were different types of female wrestlers.
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.