Maria Kanellis Thought She “Was Paralysed” In Scary WWE Tryout

Maria Kanellis makes her entrance to the ring during her time with WWE.

Former WWE Superstar Maria Kanellis has discussed how she felt she may have been paralysed during a tryout with WWE.

Although she eventually didn’t win the first WWE Diva Search, Kanellis made a name for herself whilst Chrisy Hemme went on to win the competition.

In a recent interview with, Kanellis gave information on how she was concerned if her career may be over during the WWE tryout.

I was purple after I was done! From my shoulder down my back, down my legs, was purple because of hitting the ropes and taking the bumps, and also doing the squats.

Lance [Storm] was training that week. I was there, Mickie was there, Angelina Love was there, I think Melina – and it was a tryout. And Michelle McCool, oh my God. She shined above all of us Diva girls because she’s so athletic!

So yeah, I was purple. I landed on my chin. I went to do a sunset flip, went and I caught my chest on Mickie and I landed right on my chin.

So, my butt was hanging in the air and I was balanced on my chin and my chest. I thought I was paralysed, it was awful! As a fan, you don’t know until you know. It’s intense.

Both Maria Kanellis and her husband Mike Bennett currently work for Ring Of Honor. After Kanellis’ initial run with WWE which ended in 2010, she returned along with Bennett in a run which was far from illustrious, despite her having a brief reign as the 24/7 Champion.

Kanellis was also vocal after the Dark Side Of The Ring documentary about the plane ride from hell aired, including her opinion on Ric Flair in the situation and how she now refuses to be afraid as a result of actions by the likes of The Nature Boy.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.