Maria Kanellis Talks Signing With ROH, Turning Down TNA, Problems In WWE & More


They could have continued on that road with him for a long time, but they just didn't. As a business plan, it just seems very strange.

Dolph Ziggler should be on every single show, three times per show. He is tremendous. It's just so silly to me. [Laughs.] If I were to build a company, I would make every single person the biggest star possible because you are only as strong as your weakest link. That's it. Everybody would learn media, everybody would learn how to do everything. So, no matter what happened, there would be people that were just amazing!

WrestlingINC: Yeah, the popularity of the business keeps falling, and one of the reasons is they don't create enough new stars. The same guys have been on top for ten years.

Maria: You're not seeing new stars. You're not taking full advantage of the opportunities that are created. Such as; Celebrity Apprentice. It doesn't matter what kinds of things I asked for, like the rights to my music or asking for a better contract or whatever. If I owned the company, I would have given me whatever. If you are going to have one of your stars seen by 10 million people a week and then there also going to be on your show as well. Plus, they're going to be on all the major media outlets out there? Please. I would take full advantage.

Plus, I think it's a trust thing. I only do things that represent me in a very smart, intelligent way. Or a sexy way. That's it. I don't do things that would ever hurt my career. So, I don't think that they trusted me enough to do that. If they would have, then it would have been a completely different story. That's just one example. There are a million examples. There really is.

I've heard of people wanting outside endorsement deals that would have paid them lots of money, but they didn't want their superstars to do it. For what reason? I have no idea. I know that there are conflicts between different major companies and what they own, etc. All of that kind of stuff. I understand that. But there is a way around these things. There really is. So, I just don't understand it.

WrestlingINC: What are your thoughts on TNA?

Maria: I don't watch it. I've heard that the girls over there are tremendous. I think that Lisa/Victoria/Tara [laughs] is one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time. One of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Right now, she is the best that is out there. The only people that I probably could compare her to is Sara Del Rey and Beth Phoenix. Those are the only other two that I think are on that level of amazingness. But, I don't watch the show very often.

They have approached me, but I love my spot at Ring Of Honor. I can't imagine leaving. [Laughs.]

WrestlingINC: When they approached you, what did you say to them?

Maria: I just said, 'Not at this time.' You never know what the future holds but just not at this time.

WrestlingINC: [Radio announcer] Mark Madden recently insulted you on Twitter. Where did that beef come from?

Maria: He recently said that Ring Of Honor was failing. It would be one thing if it was based on facts. It wasn't based on facts, it was based on opinions. If you're going to say, 'This is my opinion,' -- that's one thing. But if you're going to say it's facts and you're going to act like a sportscaster that is giving facts about one thing -- that's a different thing completely than it is going out and giving your opinion and pretend like they're facts.

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