Maria Kanellis Discusses Her Conversation With Tony Khan About ROH, Impact Contract Status

Posted By James Walsh on 07/01/22


Maria Kanellis was the leader of ROHís womenís division until the company was bought by Tony Khan, and she recently discussed the conversation she had with Khan about the company. Kanellis spoke with Fightfulís Sean Ross Sapp and weighed in on her discussion with Khan, her Impact contract status and more. A few excerpts from the interview are below:


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On her conversations with Tony Khan: ďIím a very honest person, so I will answer this honestly. We did have a conversation and it went very well. It was a good thirty-minute, maybe forty-five-minute, conversation. So it wasnít a short call. He gave me a good amount of his time and I appreciate that greatly. He said he was open to different ideas moving forward for Ring of Honor. So when Ring of Honor or if Ring of Honor makes its re-debut, Iím sure that weíll have another conversation. Iím really excited for what Ring of Honor will become, to have a different platform that people will be able to see how great Ring of Honor really can be. The talent that comes out of there is like you just know, you know that the talent, when it comes out of Ring of Honor, is going to be something special. So Iím excited for it to re-debut,Ē she said.

On her contract status with Impact: ďI donít talk about me as a talent. Thatís just not going to happen. I think itís better that way. Me as a talent is like a different personÖ I always say, ĎThatís the person on camera and then thereís the other person, thatís me, thatís the mom and wants to produce.í So I donít cross that bridge. When Iím talking with Tony about representing the womenís division, whether itís human resources or producing talent, thatís totally separate from me being a talent. I am signed with IMPACT for a few more months. I love what weíre doing and we have big things planned, too.Ē

On enjoying her time in Impact thus far: ďItís unfortunate that more people donít watch IMPACT. What we just did last night was one of the coolest segments Iíve seen in wrestling in a while. Because with Mike taking the cameraóand this will be the producer side of me talking about what I did on screen as talentóbut with Taven grabbing the camera and bringing it close and the cuts back and forth showing Mike holding the camera, that was really cool. So it was Vincentís idea originally to grab the camera, but he had something to say on the actual show. So I said, ĎWell, can we still grab the camera someway?í and then it ended up being Mike. Then I said, ĎIím gonna get in the ring about the same time as Mike. Is there any way Mike can pan up me and then I can draw the camera.í So thatís how that camera all came to play. I love what weíre doing because we can have that influence on doing it. It brings those two sides of me together a little bit in being this managerial role. Weíve got champions in every single person we have on the team. So Iím super excited.Ē

On working with Scott DíAmore: ďScottís one of the best bosses Iíve ever worked for. Great guy, willing to listen, brings people together. I mean, seeing all the different bosses of IMPACT in one photo was so coolówith Dixie and Ed and Billyóthat was just a really cool photo. Thatís what he does. He brings people together. So, yeah, itís an interesting time in my life right now.Ē