Dawn Marie Reveals That Kamala Controversy Killed TV Deal, Talks Female Wrestling Today, More

Dawn: Of course it does and you know why? 1,000 people will hear something negative, one or two people will hear something positive. It didn't go viral that I helped Sam Houston when he got hit with Hurricane Katrina. it didn't go viral when I sent 'Dr. Death' money. It didn't go viral when I helped Candy Divine help save her home. You understand what I'm saying? That stuff doesn't go viral.

The point is that people think I'm trying to steal something from the foundation. The foundation is very dollar-poor. If you look at our bank statement, we have $575 in there -- $500 of it was for Kamala. The foundation owes me, I stopped counting at $9,000. I just stopped counting how much money the foundation owes me. The foundation owes me money, I don't have to steal it, I can take it because it owes it to me.

Not only that, we're a 501(c)3 and we're a for-profit. The for-profit is Wrestler's Rescue, the non-profits Wrestling Relief. Legally, by law, I can take a paycheck from each if I wanted to. I don't because the money is just not there. I don't need to steal the money, I can take it. That's what is so frustrating. You know what I mean?

WrestlingINC: Absolutely. I think a lot of wrestling fans go to a lot of these conventions and see a lot of their old favorites broken down and not making anything. I definitely think your charity is a step in the right direction to help those guys out.

Dawn: I really want to keep it open and just work on the programs that I have. We'll see. I just started a new job, it depends on how much time my new job is going to take from me. There's a lot of factors at this point. Being a newly-single mom, it's a lot more burden is on my shoulders. For me to even say it's worth my time, then being beaten up so bad.

WrestlingINC: Absolutely. To kind of switch topics; are you still following wrestling?

Dawn: No. I started to a couple of weeks ago. I tape it, I have all good intentions of watching it and I tape it. [Laughs.] But, I never do. I'm always stuck watching cartoons with my kids because they kind of dictate the television selections.

I do watch some of it. I did watch some of it. There are some very good young kids coming up. And girls are coming up, they try. I think that girl's wrestling is very different now then from when I was there. But, who am I to judge? If that's what they want, then that's what they're going to hire.

WrestlingINC: How do you think it's different than from when you were there?

Dawn: Back when we were there, wrestling was the primary, most important thing that we had to do. When had to show up early to the building to train for an hour or two and then we'd work. I don't mean that they would show us what we were doing, we would train. We would train and learn to become better athletes and better workers. I don't know if they're doing that still, but the matches don't look like they are.

Back in my day, you were in the business five or six years before Vince even knew your name. now, they're just hiring models and teaching them how to wrestle,. So, it's a different mentality. When you're doing it for five, six or seven years and it's in your heart. This is what you want to do and this is where you want to be and you're grateful. It's a different mentality walking in to that ring than someone who just got a gig. To these models, this is like a gig.

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