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Maria Kanellis Discusses Contact With Tony Khan Over New ROH

Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis has confirmed that Tony Khan has contacted her over a potential role in the new incarnation of Ring of Honor.

Towards the end of 2020, Maria Kanellis became the head of Ring of Honor’s women’s division. While the division had often been overlooked during the company’s history, Kanellis set about bringing more spotlight on the company’s female performers and raising the profile of the division as a whole.

Over the following months, Kenallis was key in putting together a tournament to crown a new Ring of Honor Women’s World Champion, as well as creating Women’s Division Wednesdays. The YouTube show featured only women’s wrestling and hoped to aid further in the growth of the division.

However, this momentum was brought to a shuddering halt as Ring of Honor went on hiatus in 2021. Despite this, with the company now reborn under the stewardship of Tony Khan, it was been suggested that Kanellis could once again assume a key role.

Speaking to James Lascuola of PW Ponderings, Kanellis revealed that Tony Khan has reached out to her over a potential role within ROH.

“There has been some communication of trying to figure out a way….he has reached out to me and now we’re just trying to find a time to get on the phone and discuss things further. I’m hopeful that happens soon. I’m thankful and appreciative that he even reached out to me because I love Ring of Honor.

A piece of my soul might have died a little bit when I was released from the company last year because last year was so fulfilling and I loved working with that division. I’m hopeful that we do find a time to communicate and a lot of our friends are trying to make sure we get in touch. I will keep everybody posted as things come into play,”

Kanellis explained that she would be open to any position which could help the promotion and is more than willing to learn and train to get there.

“One of the things I said with people who have been in touch with Tony is that I’m not looking to come in and run things or anything like that. I would love the opportunity to come in, grow, learn as Ring of Honor grows into what it becomes in the future. I had a special position last year and I’m so glad that all the women in wrestling were able to see me in that position because now they know that there is another way to be involved in wrestling, maybe when you’re too banged up or you want to transition from being in front of the camera to behind the camera.

For that, I’m forever thankful to Joe Koff and Delirious and everyone at Ring of Honor. As things move over, I understand that there is training involved and getting up to speed for how other people like to run things. Not just Tony Khan, but production in general. Every company runs differently. Whether that is producing backstage or writing or being in HR or talent relations, I’m open to any of those things. I did all of them last year. We’ll see what comes of it. I’m hopeful and excited,”

Away from Ring of Honor, Maria Kanellis recently announced the formation of her own promotion,Women’s Wrestling Army.

Kanellis can currently be found in IMPACT Wrestling heading up the Honor No More faction. However, she has previously stated that she is working on a per-performance deal, with no bookings with the company past Rebellion weekend, the 23rd and 24th of April.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.