The last guest to appear on the Interviews with James program was Maria Kanellis, who covered a number of topics during their chat, including her time in OVW, how Jim Cornette hated her and still offered her a job at ROH, why she always stayed in her WWE character, and much more. Check out the highlights from Maria’s interview below.
Says Jim Cornette really hated her during her time in OVW:
“Cornette hated me. I don’t know if he was doing an interview or something, but he told me I was stupid and I didn’t know who anyone was. Back then I was a big fan, I wasn’t stupid. I just — I got a character and I tried to play it the best I could. And yes, he just didn’t like me.
How Cornette later brought her to ROH:
“But then he brought me to Ring of Honor. So like, whatever, full circle. Thanks for the job! So I don’t have any bad words to speak of about that particular time, it’s just — you know, Paul Heyman was a great mentor and Jim Cornette, well, he just didn’t like me.”
She says she played her WWE character all the time because it protected her from the constant sexism that was taking place:
“In many ways, I liked playing my character pretty much full time. Because there was a lot of sexism at the time, there was a lot of stuff flying around. And when I was the dumb girl, people would leave me alone. And for me, it was it was almost like a shield against everyone else and their madness. So yes, a lot of people believed it.”
(H/T and transcribed by 411 Mania)