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Mike & Maria in Wonderland Ep. 26: Bobby Cruise (Part 2)


Providence Journal: Coming Thursday: One on On with wrestler Maria Kanellis
Maria Kanellis, a pro wrestler and a student at Johnson & Wales.   The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo
Mark Patinkin talks to Maria Kanellis, a professional wrestler, former “Celebrity Apprentice” and current Johnson & Wales student, who will be at this weekend’s New England Fan Fest at the Rhode Island Convention Center

Maria Kanellis Speaks Out About WWE Release, Being the “Bad Girl”, Never Having Won A Title

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Maria Kanellis recently appeared on In The Room, here are the highlights…

On Her Initial Reaction Being Released by WWE
I was caught off guard … I know what was going on behind the scenes, and that I was trying to accomplish other things. I think that WWE looked at it like I wasn’t as interested in wrestling because I wanted to do more. I think that they got the wrong impression of what I was trying to do, as well as I got the wrong impression of what they were trying to do. Looking back on it, now five years removed, I would have done things differently. I would have stayed the course. I would have shed a light on women’s wrestling back then, if I would have had the time. And that was being on a mainstream television show and also being in WWE. I think that we were just going in two completely different directions, and it takes time and maturity to be able to see those types of things, and now being removed from them, I definitely would have done things differently. But, at the same time, I’m very thankful that they did release me.

On Being the Bad Girl
It was fun. It definitely came from a place of wanting to try something different. We joke about it now [that we’re] big in Japan, [and] boo’ed in the USA. In Japan we’re good guys. In the US, we’re bad guys. It’s all about performance. It’s all about messing with the crowd and really enjoying that … [And] the Kingdom is such a strong group because we’re all friends. We have that backstory … and that’s what works. These are all guys that go out together, and we all hang out together, and it’s so much fun that we get to perform together.

On Never Winning a Title
I’ve been told on many, many occasions that championships don’t make or break a talent. So I don’t think of it like that. I think of it like how much of an impact can I make in women’s wrestling, whether I have a title or not. I think that right now, with going to New Japan and being the first female to wrestle against another female in New Japan, we’re breaking down boundaries. If somebody wants to give me a title for that, then that’s great. But at the same time, I don’t need that to define my career. Would it be cool to go back to WWE and win a title at some point? Yeah, sure. But at the same time, if I can accomplish more in Ring of Honor with Destination America, if I can accomplish more in New Japan, then it’s not high on my list.


ROH Best in the World 2015 Results

Bullet Club (Young Bucks & AJ Styles) vs. Kingdom (w/ Maria)

Bullet Club is over to a ridiculous level. Nick and Taven start out, and Matt keeps avoiding moves and throws the suck it until he gets stomped. Superkick number one on Matt Jackson to Bennett, then Bullet Club hits a backbreaker, backbreaker, knee drop combo, and Decade retreats.

Outside, Decade hits in stereo dropkicks to all of Bullet Club, but Bullet Club hit in stereo suicide dives. AJ gets kicked off of a springboard and sent outside as Cole hits a reverse powerbomb into the guardrail on Matt Jackson. Back inside, Taven scores a flipping neckbreaker and Lionsault on Matt Jackson before tagging to Cole.

Cole and Styles go at it, but Taven eats Superkick #2 as Bennett gets tornado DDT’d to the floor outside. Bullet Club triple team Cole in the corner, then hit an assisted Swanton Bomb. They get a 2 count before Kingdom breaks up the count.

Cole reverseS a Styles Clash, and all hell breaks loose as the ref makes no attempt to control the match. Superkicks all around, four in a row coming from both sides before Cole hits the Destroyer. When he gets up….he’s met with two superkicks, and I’ve lost count. Bullet Club does a double Indytaker, but no pin is attempted.

Maria gets up on the apron, and Styles brings her inside where Bullet Club destroys her with superkicks. Styles gets Cole with a buckle bomb while the Bucks kick him, then scores Bloody Sunday for a two count. Cole gets up and superkicks everyone. We’re at over 20 by now. His luck doesn’t last as he gets another Indytaker and a Styles Clash. Bullet Club wins.

Winners: Bullet Club via pinfall (Styles Clash)

Maria has to be carried to the back.


IN THE ROOM Interview with Maria Kanellis

IN THE ROOM this week features a special sitdown interview with former WWE Diva and Ring of Honor “First Lady of Wrestling” Maria Kanellis. Check it out for Maria’s thoughts on ROH on Destination America, comparing the ROH and WWE locker rooms, and navigating politics in wrestling. Plus, the former Diva talks her famous red hair, Donald Trump, The Kingdom, and what she found so attractive about the man we all now hate: Mike Bennett.

Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Jordan Garber talk WWE Money in the Bank, Raw, Brock Lesnar’s return, and Dusty Rhodes. Plus, open lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Here are some highlights:

On Her Initial Reaction Being Released by WWE:
I was caught off guard … I know what was going on behind the scenes, and that I was trying to accomplish other things. I think that WWE looked at it like I wasn’t as interested in wrestling because I wanted to do more. I think that they got the wrong impression of what I was trying to do, as well as I got the wrong impression of what they were trying to do. Looking back on it, now five years removed, I would have done things differently. I would have stayed the course. I would have shed a light on women’s wrestling back then, if I would have had the time. And that was being on a mainstream television show and also being in WWE. I think that we were just going in two completely different directions, and it takes time and maturity to be able to see those types of things, and now being removed from them, I definitely would have done things differently. But, at the same time, I’m very thankful that they did release me.

On Being the Bad Girl:
It was fun. It definitely came from a place of wanting to try something different. We joke about it now [that we’re] big in Japan, [and] boo’ed in the USA. In Japan we’re good guys. In the US, we’re bad guys. It’s all about performance. It’s all about messing with the crowd and really enjoying that … [And] the Kingdom is such a strong group because we’re all friends. We have that backstory … and that’s what works. These are all guys that go out together, and we all hang out together, and it’s so much fun that we get to perform together.

On Never Winning a Title:
I’ve been told on many, many occasions that championships don’t make or break a talent. So I don’t think of it like that. I think of it like how much of an impact can I make in women’s wrestling, whether I have a title or not. I think that right now, with going to New Japan and being the first female to wrestle against another female in New Japan, we’re breaking down boundaries. If somebody wants to give me a title for that, then that’s great. But at the same time, I don’t need that to define my career. Would it be cool to go back to WWE and win a title at some point? Yeah, sure. But at the same time, if I can accomplish more in Ring of Honor with Destination America, if I can accomplish more in New Japan, then it’s not high on my list.


Mike & Maria in Wonderland Episode 25: Bobby Cruise


Another Wrestling Podcast Episode 56: Maria Kanellis

In this episode the guys give a crash course in all things Ring of Honor including the big move to Destination America!
Stopping by is the first lady of ROH, Maria Kanellis-Bennett
to add a woman’s touch to the show.


A View from Ringside – Amarillo and Oklahoma City – Kevin Kelly
– Great weekend for the Kingdom and War Machine who I think are on the fast track to title glory here in ROH. Of course, those roads to the gold intersect with one another and the battles between Bennett, Taven, Hanson and Rowe are just getting started.
– Watch out for Maria Kanellis, who was on the phone with a highly-influential industry leader this Saturday and had Bennett on the phone with them as well. To whom she was talking remains confidential but the First Lady has a vast array of contacts at her disposal.

Sneak Peak at Next Week Ring of Honor Episode: Kingdom vs Bullet Club


Mike & Maria in Wonderland Ep. 24: Destination America

Mike and Maria are back!