Maria Talks Heat With Bellas And Kelly Kelly, Nixed WWE Return Details, TNA's Problems, ROH, More
Wrestling INC: It's also been almost two years since you've been with ROH. What's that experience been like?
Maria: I can't believe it's almost been two years. I think about that and it has flown by. I love it. I love the guys that are there. Last night was probably one of the funnest experiences I've ever had hanging out with a bunch of wrestling friends. It was incredible. I danced. I had fun. I drank. It was incredible. That group of guys, it's a bunch of people working towards one goal, and that's to be the best wrestler on the planet. That's what every single one of those guys wants to be, but it's friendly. It's friendly competition. It isn't oh, I'm going to stab you in the back because you looked at me funny. No, it's we're going to go out there and put on the best matches possible.
Wrestling INC: I've always meant to ask, who came up with the First Lady of ROH tagline?
Maria: Me and one of Michael Bennett's best friends were all sitting around talking and eating dinner and someone said why don't you become the first lady since you really are the first lady at Ring of Honor? They've never had someone like you. I was like, "I kind of like that." And plus, I know all about Miss Elizabeth being the first lady. I've always looked up to her, I think she's amazing. So, First Lady of Ring of Honor it is.
Wrestling INC: You've been wrestling a lot since you left WWE. Would you say you wrestle in the ring more since you left?
Maria: No. When I wrestled with WWE it was every single weekend there was an opportunity to wrestle. Now I may wrestle a couple times a month, if that. Even though I didn't wrestle that much on TV for WWE, a lot of times I was in matches on the weekend at the house shows and all the non-televised events. Even though it seems like I wrestle more now, I probably still don't even come close to how much I wrestled then in the WWE. But I do have more fun now. I'm a heel and that's awesome. I don't know if I'm any better than I used to be, but I'm certainly having more fun.
Wrestling INC: TNA's women's division has gone through a lot of change. They've really taken a hit this year. Is that something you think you'd be interested in, going to over there? I know you've been asked that in the past.
Maria: Yeah, I've been asked. I mean, TNA contacted me twice this year to come and work for them, but I'm happy where I'm at and I'm happy with Ring of Honor. I think that's a company that's on the move and I like to see that. I like to be a part of something that, even though it hasn't been on television that long, it has so much history. So many incredible talents with the guys that went through there. I love being a part of that.
Wrestling INC: You mentioned ROH being on the move and TNA, it's been reported that they've kind of been, not doing so great financially. Do you keep up with TNA and their product?
Maria: I don't. I haven't watched TNA for a long time. I'm in school full time right now. I only go two days a week, but I go for 17 hours. So it's like, I'm so busy with that and on top of that homework and Ring of Honor. And I also work for a company called Pay the Fan. I have two movies coming out this year that I'm promoting. I don't really have time to watch TNA. I don't think I've watched WWE in maybe a month. So I don't know what's going on. I hear rumors of things, but unless you hear it form the horse's mouth, I'm not sure of what's happening. I think it was a tremendous loss to lose Mickie and also lost Victoria. I think that those two women probably compelled the women's division of wrestling as a whole back for the last ten years or so. They're just incredible. I think that's a big loss to wrestling in general, not just in female wrestling, but all wrestling.
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