Backstage News on Maria/Bellas: Did the Twins Block Various Returns?
Even by wrestling standards, the ongoing saga between former Diva Maria Kanellis and current Divas Nikki and Brie Bella has gotten absolutely vicious.
The real-life issues between Kanellis and the twins first came to light in late 2011 when Kanellis made a series of unflattering remarks, per WrestlingInc., about the sisters on her wrestling talk show, Afterbuzz, even famously claiming the girls had shared a hot tub with then-Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.
Kanellis would later defend herself on social media against accusations that she was perhaps being too candid, insisting Afterbuzz was a gossip show where things could be freely talked about. Cryptically, she also made a point to mention her "strong moral beliefs" and her refusal to compromise them to succeed.
Things heated up considerably last month when the Playboy cover girl mentioned that the Bella Twins had blocked her WWE return in April. As Diva-Dirt noted, WWE had been looking into bringing back several Divas to fill up its depleted women's roster.
I was offered a @wwe contract and the Bellas made sure I didn't get it. I'm not bitter. I just don't like people that mess with my career.— Maria Kanellis (@MariaLKanellis) July 9, 2013
Kanellis would later controversially claim the twins had sabotaged other potential returns:
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer discusses Kanellis' allegations that Nikki and Brie had nixed several returns:
Checking around, I don’t know how valid that is. The women offered to be brought back for Mania that we’re aware of that aren’t there were Kelly Kelly, Maryse and Kanellis. Kelly and Maryse both turned down the offers. Kelly got far enough that she had a contract sent for her to sign, but turned it down.
So far, neither Maryse or Kelly have commented on Kanellis' claims, either to confirm or deny them.
Even if the ROH valet is indeed telling the truth, due to Maryse's relationship with current WWE wrestler Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, it probably wouldn't be too smart of her to call out the powerfully-connected Bellas right now, anyway.
Interestingly, while Meltzer seemed skeptical of Kanellis' accusations that the Bellas had stopped other Divas from coming back, he did appear to confirm that politics had prevented her from returning: "For what it’s worth, we did hear something like what Kanellis said long before she claimed it herself, but that only went for her."
Kanellis has continued to be critical of the Divas on Twitter. As WrestlingInc mentions, she live-tweeted the premiere of Total Divas and was, predictably, rather scathing towards her real-life foes.
Every time the Bellas say they are vets it makes me want to vomit! #askfirstladymaria— Maria Kanellis (@MariaLKanellis) July 29, 2013
Man, as they battle for the Divas championship, Kaitlyn and A.J. Lee could only wish their feud came off as this heated and rage-filled.
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