Maria Kanellis, a current member of the ROH Board of Directors, recently spoke with Kawada Driver for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During the discussion, Kanellis spoke about what she intends to do with the little bit of influence she has within the pro wrestling industry and how Stephanie McMahon does things more for the credit than for the actual cause.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On how little power she has in the industry but how she plans using the influence she does have to fight to raise the WOH division to new heights:
“I don’t know how Stephanie McMahon deals with that. As a woman…I’ve been very outspoken about my feelings about women’s wrestling and women in wrestling so it should come as no surprise that as a woman I couldn’t deal with that. If I had that much power in the industry I couldn’t deal with that. I have minimal power in this industry and I am fighting my tail off to create more opportunities.”
On the number of shows she would push through if she were on the same platform as the McMahon family:
“If I had that much power there would be a whole show, plus a reality show that covers the actual girls lives. Plus on top of that we would have a make-up line, we would be on the cover of Vogue showing that these women are badasses and they’re beautiful in their own right. I don’t get it. I’m fighting for that in Ring of Honor now…from the very beginning that’s what I want. I want my girls to have those opportunities that I didn’t have in such a large company like WWE. You’re telling me that they can’t call up some of these magazines and say, ‘Hey can you feature some of our girls? If you do you can work with this advertiser we also have?’ I don’t get it.”
On Stephanie McMahon doing things more for show than for real reasons:
“I see all these things that Stephanie is fighting for women’s rights, but it seems more promotional than it does actual.”