Maria Kanellis: ‘WWE Isn’t The Only Place To Work Anymore’

2 years ago by Sanchez Taylor

Maria Kanellis: ‘WWE Isn’t The Only Place To Work Anymore’

Maria Kanellis has discussed her career both in and outside of WWE, giving her take on the current wrestling world.

Speaking with Inside The Ropes, Kanellis stated that the best wrestlers in the world could be anywhere nowadays, not just in WWE. Recalling her own experiences, Kanellis explained that her best wrestling memories were everything to do with who she was working with.

Addressing comments made by Triple H on NXT having the best women’s division in the world, Kanellis said:

“So I think. I think, of course, has to say something like that, he has to say that everybody wants to be in WWE because that is where he works and that’s what’s required. But I think if he were honest with himself, he would realize that they aren’t the only place to work anymore and for a lot of people, they’re not even the place that they want to work. I’ve heard a lot of women comment to me. I have a couple within Ring of Honor right now that are under contract with us that were made offers by the WWE that turned them down.

“So and of course, like, I’m not going to go on some tirade about that because I don’t think it has any value. I think that women. In general, we all have communications about how things are going, how much we’re getting paid, and how well we’re treated, and so because of that community of women, the women’s wrestling coalition, as I like to call it, we have this underground network of boosting each other up and women’s wrestling matters and women want to do a really good job with the wrestling part of women’s wrestling.

“I think anywhere could have the best wrestler in the world. It doesn’t matter if it’s going to be in Ring of Honor, AEW, Impact, WWE, it could be over in Japan or China or over in the UK or anywhere in Europe. Any one of these places may have the very best women’s wrestler in the world. It’s just a matter of who that person is, not what company they work for. And I hope that over the next few months we’re able to see a couple of those women and Ring of Honor. But if not, it is something to work towards.

“I mean, I would love to get Thunder Rosa for our tournament because I think she’s incredible. I would love to have LuFisto. I would love to bring a few girls in from Japan because there are great wrestlers everywhere and not all of them want to work for WWE. And after being there twice myself, I have to say that some of my most memorable moments in this industry had nothing to do with the big Stamford, Connecticut company, and it had everything to do with the people I was working with and the way that I felt working there.”

Kanellis and her husband Mike Bennett were both released by WWE in April 2020. Bennett has recently revealed that there were plans for him to form a faction with The Fiend before his WWE departure.

On tonight’s Ring of Honor Best in the World show, Kanellis will announce the ROH Women’s Championship Tournament bracket.

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