Maria Kanellis interview - talks going to TNA, Outside projects, leaving WWE

She's the WWE interviewer who
never had the right questions.  Now the
lovely Maria Kanellis joins James Guttman on for a 45 minute shoot
interview that has all the answers.  From
the Bellas to Blago, no subject is off limits for the former Playboy cover girl
as she talks about a ton of topics including her recent controversial comments
about the Bella Twins, why she'd do it again, her Celebrity Apprentice castmate
(and  former governor of her home state) Rod
Blagojevich being sent to prison for 14 years, Donald Trump running for president,
what she'd say to calm Santino's nerves before TV, WWE's Twitter obsession, Vince
McMahon teaching Kelly Kelly how to do a striptease, the infamous 2004 Diva
Search, and tons more.  For a full list
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Fans who have never heard Maria
outside her WWE character are surprised by her intelligence and humor.  A completely different person than the ditzy
interviewer fans came to expect, Kanellis has always been positive about her
time with WWE, but doesn't sugarcoat anything either.  As James Guttman asks during her
interview, what surprised her the most when transitioning from WWE fan to
performer?  Maria answers…
"I was surprised by how
unhappy people were.  It's the greatest
company in the world, but there are so many people within that company that
still struggle with their creative abilities not being used.   I think you see that in so many people that
come out of it.  They have motorcycle
shops or they have tattoo parlors or they are designers and want to do
fashion.  Maryse just came out and said
she wants to do fashion.  Torrie wants to
do fashion.  Trish has her own yoga
studio and her own yoga line.  So many of
us just feel creatively stifled."
Maria speaks in-depth about the
good and bad from working in WWE.  But
even the bad points have a silver lining.  As many fans know, Kanellis was released just as her stint on Celebrity
Apprentice began.  James points out how
that seems to be something that the company does regularly.  Wrestlers join reality shows and just as
they're about to get exposure, they get released.  Maria agrees but points out to
listeners how that too had a silver lining.
"It's funny.  It happened with me.  It happened with Ashley.  It happened with Stacy.  Jericho has left again.  It's just one of those weird things that
happened.  I think that it's because WWE
thinks that we get a big head about it.  It's not necessarily that we get a big head about it, it's just we start
to learn.  We start to learn what's out
there.  OK.  This or that is going on.  I want to fix it.  I want to put it in my contract.  I want to be able to talk about it.  As soon as you start doing that, it was like
you lose all leverage.  Would I have left
when I did?  Yes.  Would I have done it differently?  Maybe.  I don't know.  I think back on it
now and I had a lot going on in my life that didn't involve WWE.  So, I don't know if I was in the greatest
position to make the decision that I did, but I am thankful that I've had so
much time to see other things and do other things.  I've had a lot of great opportunities.  Plus, and I know like this is so girly, but I
wouldn't have met the guy I'm with now if it wasn't for me being released.  One door opens when another door
James points out that those who
follow Maria on Twitter @marialkanellis and Facebook ( aware that she's currently
dating Ring of Honor star "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett.  JG and Kanellis go on to discuss ROH, their
rabid fanbase, her thoughts on the company, attending shows with CM Punk,
Sinclair, and more.  But, of course,
there's another non-WWE company people probably ask her about a great deal -
and Guttman is no exception.  TNA?  Is that something in the cards for the Slammy
Award Winning Diva?  Could we see Maria
in the Impact Zone anytime soon?  As the interview continues, Kanellis responds.
"I would say never say never.  But, at the same time, I don't see myself
going there.  I'm kind of a WWE
girl.  They brought me in. They are the
ones that gave me all the publicity I've had so far.  Getting on Celebrity Apprentice was from
that.  Doing Playboy was from that.  Doing all the other little shows here and
there was from it, so I just don't see myself going there.  But that doesn't mean it'll never
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