Former Diva Maria On Leaving WWE, CM Punk & More

Justin LaBar

The following is from Monday Night Mayhem

Former WWE Diva/Playboy cover model Maria Kanellis was one of the featured guests on this week's live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel The Mayhem live every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Geekweek.com, www.Hybrident.tv, & www.iTunes.com). Join The Mayhem right now on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem), follow The Mayhem on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem), and subscribe to The Mayhem's all-new YouTube channel (at www.YouTube.com/FeelTheMayhem).

Maria joined The Big Mosh & "The Chairman of the Board" Todd Vincent for his exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (to discuss her forthcoming appearance at Crossfire Entertainment's "Tribute to the Fairgrounds 3" Make-A-Wish Benefit show in Nashville, TN on August 20th), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:

Maria Kanellis/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/072511.wax

Maria Kanellis/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/july11/072511.mp3

Interview highlights courtesy of Paterson, MNM's associate producer & official correspondent:

The importance of giving back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her return to Nashville for Crossfire Entertainment's benefit event on August 20th: How excited in Maria for the event in Nashville, Tennessee coming up on Saturday August 20th: "I'm so excited to do it, because I always enjoyed doing the Make-A-Wish Foundation events. I did it when I was on 'Celebrity Apprentice, and I made some money for them when I was there. It's just an incredible foundation. I'm excited for the event."

What she feels has been her key to success since leaving the WWE and succeeding in areas that others have failed: "I'm hungry for knowledge. I'm hungry for success. I'm hungry for what comes next. Once you lose that hunger, it's when you fall short and you go stale. Maybe it's not the easiest thing in the world. I tried music, and I love music. I love to write, but maybe that's not for me. I'm going to keep going with it and see what happens. But at the same time, I'm doing that. I'm doing something different everyday."

Why she believes that CM Punk resonates with today's fans & why now is "The Era of Punk": "I think Punk is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, in wrestling right now and for a while now. I love The Rock, and I love 'Stone Cold,' but right now is 'The Era of Punk.' He's incredible. I'm so happy for him to be doing exactly what he enjoys doing, and that's to be honest & to be straight edge. I think it's incredible for him. Punk does not care about the show. He does not care the pyro, and the fanfare, and 'Let me put on a fancy suit and let me look perfect everywhere I go.' What he cares about is wrestling. He cares about the wrestling business. He wants integrity in the wrestling business, and that is why it resonates with the fans. A lot of people care about the fanfare of it all, but they forgot what is wrestling is truly about."

Much more is contained in Maria Kanellis' Monday Night Mayhem debut, including her candid thoughts on her WWE departure, whether competing in the Diva Search became an issue for her after she signed with the WWE, some of the key things she learned from Paul Heyman when working with him in the WWE & OVW, what her time as a WWE Diva taught her about life outside of the squared circle, her experience on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," her most rewarding experience with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, why she decided to venture into writing her own comic book, the complete details on her new DVD project ("Maria's B Movie Mayhem"), filming her forthcoming movie ("Battle Femme Fatale") with iMPACT Wrestling's Winter, the importance of giving back to her fans, plus much more! Follow Maria right now on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/MariaLKanellis), and get your copy of Maria's "Seven Sins" CD exclusively on iTunes. Planning on being in "The Music City" the weekend of August 20th? Head on over to www.Crossfirellc.vze.com to purchase your tickets for one of the summer's most star-studded independent cards of the summer!

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