Speaking with Inside the Ropes’ Liam Alexander-Stewart, Maria Kanellis-Bennett responded to Triple H’s claim that the best women’s wrestlers in the world work, or want to work, for the WWE adding that if Triple H was honest with himself, he would know that is not true.
Ahead of Ring of Honor’s Best in the World PPV Event on Sunday, July 11th, Inside the Ropes spoke with ROH Board of Directors member and former WWE Superstar Maria Kanellis-Bennett.
During the interview, Bennett would discuss her decision to transition into a backstage role, the difficulties associated with the switch and what one moment, in particular, led to her realising her in-ring days were over.
Photograph Credit: RING OF HONOR/Mike Adams
Discussing Triple H’s post TakeOver comments, the Ring of Honor Board of Directors member would state:
“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 you 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.”
Maria Kanellis-Bennett would continue, revealing that female talent within Ring of Honor have previously turned down WWE contracts as they have no desire to work for the company.
“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.”
Finally, the former WWE 24/7 Champion would state that she sees talented performers around the globe and if they are not in Ring of Honor she believes that shows something to work towards. Bennett would name LuFisto and Thunder Rosa as two specific names she would have loved to make part of ROH’s Women’s Championship tournament had the opportunity been available.
“So 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. It’s possible that any one of these places has 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”