Maria Kanellis Embraces the Diva’s Name, Thinks WWE Should Bring Back the ‘Butterfly Belt’


Maria Kanellis stands firm in her Diva status and believes WWE should bring back the Divas Championship.

Although she never captured the Butterly Belt, Kanellis remained a staple in the women’s division for years in WWE. In 2009, she even won the Diva of the Year Slammy Award. However, the Divas era of WWE did not always receive a positive reputation – as the division gradually infiltrated with fitness models or competitors with no prior wrestling experience. To counter, Kanellis cited numerous examples of “workers” at the time, and his pitch for reviving the butterfly title.

“There were a ton of them,” Kanellis told Will Washington, Righteous Reg and Phil Lindsey of Fightful’s Grapsody podcast. “Trish [Stratus], Lita, Ivory took the end of it. Victoria, Molly was at that time. You had workers. Down the line you have Beth [Phoenix]Melina, Mickie [James], Natty. You also had a ton of workers from India. It was a mix at the time. I think they should bring back the Butterfly Belt, I do. I know people won’t agree with me and that’s fine. That’s why wrestling is great because when you watch wrestling, you don’t see everyone looking exactly alike.

The “First Lady Of Wrestling” continued to embrace her diva status, noting that “there’s a place for everyone” in professional wrestling.

“I still consider myself a diva because it gave me the first opportunity of my career. I think some of those segments were funny and cute. We should have a little humor,” she recalled.

Expanding on her previous point, Kanellis explained that finding a midpoint in women’s wrestling “works best” to balance both ends of the presentation spectrum.

“I sometimes write in my Twitter posts, ‘Still a Diva.’ It was necessary [fluctuate]noted Kanellis. “You have to go all the way to the right, then all the way to the left, then somewhere in the middle, we find what works best. I still have a place for that. I always think if you want to be glamorous and do more feminine moves, that’s fine, that’s your style. If you want to be more aggressive and go out without makeup and without shorts or t-shirts, fine. Talent comes in all forms. Sexy, there is a whole rainbow of sexy. This is how society is. »


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