Has backstage heat ruled out the return of one popular ex-Diva to WWE?
Well, this looks to be the case.
In this week's (subscribers only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that Maria Kanellis, who worked for the company from 2004-10, was under consideration to potentially come back until real-life problems between the star and some other girls in the company caused it to fall through.
When listing last week the women WWE called to bring back, another one was Maria Kanellis. Apparently Kanellis has some enemies in the company because word got out to some of the women and they got that one nixed.
It's easy to see how something like this could happen.
As host of Afterbuzz TV's Raw after show, Kanellis has usually been upfront about her opinions regarding WWE behind-the-scenes.
Oh, she's never been overtly rude or anything, but she's been far more candid and forthright than most ex-talents are when discussing the company.
Her (rather silly) online feud with Kelly Kelly last year being just one example (via WrestlingInc). It's no surprise that she may have gotten some heat with some of the girls for some off-the-cuff remark or other.
It's a shame, really. Kanellis really does have a fair amount of talent. She's not a great wrestler—or even a good one—but she is easily one of the most charismatic managers in the business today, blessed with good looks and a genuinely remarkable ringside presence.
Sadly, it seems that while Kanellis' unwillingness to shy away from her opinions may make her one of the most compelling women in the industry today, it has also ruined any potential big-league comeback.
Presumably, this news would rule out of the possibility of her joining real-life boyfriend Mike Bennett on the WWE roster if he were to get signed (she currently manages him on ROH and the indies). Which is also regrettable because she's a major and important part of the act.