Maria Kanellis Questions Stephanie McMahon's Committment to Advancing Women in Wrestling

Posted By James Walsh on 05/03/21

In an interview with Kawada Driver, Maria Kanellis spoke about WWE not doing another Evolution PPV and questioned how Stephanie McMahon could deal with that.

She said: ďďSo you have all these pointless pay-per-views and you have the opportunity to do a womenís empowerment pay-per-view and you choose not to do it? I donít get it. I donít know how Stephanie McMahon deals with that. Like as a woman, Iíve been very outspoken about my feelings about womenís wrestling and women in wrestling. So like, it should come as no surprise that as a woman I couldnít deal with that. If I had all that power in the industry I couldnít deal with that. I have minimal power in this industry and I am fighting my tail off to create more opportunities. So, like, if I had that much power there would be a whole show plus a reality show that actually covers the girls live. Plus on top of that we would have a makeup line. We would be on the cover of Vogue showing: ĎGuess what? These women are badasses and they are beautiful in their own right.í

I donít get it. Iím fighting for that in Ring of Honor now. Like, from the very beginning, thatís what I want. I want my girls to have those opportunities that I didnít have in such a large company like WWE. Youíre telling me that they canít call up some of these magazines and say, ĎHey, can you feature some of our girls? If you do, you can work with this advertiser we also have. Cool? Cool. Letís do a little, you know.í I donít get it. I see all these things that Stephanie is fighting for womenís rights, but it seems more promotional than it does actual. And that is whatÖIím curious about that.Ē