Everyone knows her as the ditzy interviewer from WWE, but after Diva Diaries with Maria Kanellis this wrestling fan wants to know why we didn’t see this Maria in the WWE. The hour and forty minute interview conducted by HighSpots, was available three months following her release from the WWE and delves into a lot of interesting topics, including: Celebrity Apprentice, frustrations of being a Diva, WWE’s Wellness Policy, Ohio Valley Wrestling, her friendships with the Divas, and her relationship with C.M. Punk.
Sadly, I never got a chance to watch any episodes of Celebrity Apprentice when Maria was on, because I am not one for reality television. In the interview, Maria talks about how Donald Trump offered her a spot on his show around the time when he “purchased” Raw from Vince McMahon, and she agreed to do it. It is common knowledge that Vince and Trump are friends, so when the offer for Maria to appear on the show was brought up, Vince allowed her to take some time off to do the show. Filming, as Maria mentions, took about a month and a half. And aside from her wrestling fan base that were really behind her throughout, she was an unknown amongst the other contestants except for Bill Goldberg. But that did not stop her from working her butt off because it didn’t matter how big of a celebrity you were if you couldn’t get the job done. And that mentality is something that I admire about Maria Kanellis.
For the majority of wrestling fans, they consider when the Divas wrestle as the bathroom break. I, myself, bear through it for a number of reasons. First off, hey, there are amazingly hot women fighting inside of the sacred squared circle. And second, these women deserve our support despite how bad WWE develops the division. Maria discusses how frustrated the women in WWE actually are. Because in the days of Trish Stratus, Victoria, Molly Holly, Ivory, Gail Kim, the women were given 10-25 minutes to wrestle in the ring. Nowadays, you are lucky to see the women wrestle one-on-one for five-minutes. Not to go off track, but does anyone recall when WWE announced a one-hour Divas edition of ECW? Yeah, that never happened. I forget what took precedence over it, but this is exactly what Maria is trying to get at. No one can follow the Divas division because WWE does not give them the opportunity for them to wrestle with a reasonable block of time.
She also goes into the on-and-off storylines that she was involved with. Especially those that involved pairing her up with one of the guys. The interview did not touch upon her angle with John Cena in 2006, but rather with the last three pairings. She praised Santino Marella for how funny he is in real life. For the majority of the time, Santino wings it when he goes out there and starts talking. Maria felt that they could have done more with the storyline in regards to when Beth Phoenix started dating Santino. Then there was Dolph Ziggler, which she wished that they let her do something. But they wanted to keep her as a babyface while Ziggler remained heel, which made no sense. Then the Matt Hardy angle barely had time to form because she was released.
Final Thoughts: For something that spanned for an hour and forty minutes, I felt like I could have listened to her for hours. At times I was mesmerized by her pursed pink lips, and those emerald eyes. And not to mention that beautiful red hair that she kept playing with throughout the interview. But what I was really turned on by was her daring attitude when it came to speaking outright on the tough issues.
When WWE approached her to host NXT, she turned it down because they wanted her to do both Smackdown and NXT without a pay raise. Fortunately for her that she didn’t do it because NXT is not even on the air anymore.
She also tackles the issue of the Wellness Policy and how effective it truly is. And according to her, it is not much of a wellness policy when WWE does not provide healthcare. Plus, the fact that they are regarded as independent contractors is a joke, because she has to sign-off with them on everything, while working for them over 250 days out of the year. That basically makes her un-independent, which should entitled her to some benefits, healthcare, and 401K.
I won’t get into the topic of C.M. Punk only because Maria spends a great deal of time talking in depth of her relationship, the factors that ended it, and the awkward feelings afterwards. That, and what she really thinks about girls like Melina, Christy Hemme, Torrie Wilson, and Kelly-Kelly are some of the things to look forward to if you decide to purchase Diva Diaries with Maria Kanellis.
There is actually another interview DVD with Maria conducted by Kayfabe Commentaries as part of their YouShoot collection. But seeing as their format is to read off questions from wrestling fans, inquiries from them, especially in regards to women, tend to be vulgar. Hence, I opted to watch Diva Diaries first because HighSpots seems very tactful when it comes to the hard hitting issues. You can almost say that HighSpots is more professional when it comes to creating a meaningful piece rather than simply digging up dirt.
However, this does not rule out the possibility of a YouShoot DVD review on The Wrestling Times.