Former WWE Diva, Maria Kanellis has responded to criticism that she isn’t passionate about professional wrestling.
Writing on her Facebook page, Kanellis wrote:
I want to make a comment about the wrestling world because a lot of people are saying that I’m not passionate about wrestling because I am not still trying to wrestle. I was completely in love with wrestling and would have done it for the rest of my life if it had a retirement/family plan and fulfilled me creatively.
I got into wrestling at 22. I never experienced anything except wrestling. Problem now is my niece is getting older and older. Watching her grow up made me figure out that someday being on the road 250/300 days a year isn’t gonna work. I did not want to get out of wrestling at 35-40 and then have to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. Also, I love acting and the 1-5 minutes on TV was no longer enough for me. I miss the fans and I still plan on coming back someday to the wrestling world. But I need to try things, experience things, and see what I really enjoy. I’m going to a Wrestling show on saturday because I miss that world. For now though I am going to really find me. Spending time with friends and family, going to classes, a perfume line, yoga, a web series, a play, a movie, and more music until I know me. I don’t do drugs and I’m not a drinker so I can not drown my loneliness out. I have to face my life. I have to find where I belong. Maybe it is wrestling but I think it would have been unfair for me to stay when I was so confused and jaded. Now, IF/When I go back it will be for the right reasons. Passion is what drives me and that is why I still think about the amazing feeling of being on the top rope ready to jump. The fans drove me to jump and now I need to learn to jump on my own. Thank you everyone for your continued support and who knows what the future will bring. Spanks and Kisses!!
This month marks one year since Maria was released by WWE.