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Maria's a red-hot Diva with dreams
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Maria


Life as a WWE Diva is a dream come true for Maria Kanellis.

She's getting a chance to perform, plus it's given her the opportunity to spend time with her real-life boyfriend Phil Brooks (ECW star CM Punk).

"I've always had big dreams," she says. "And they just keep getting bigger. I'm doing what I dreamed of doing ... and that's performing.

"I want to get involved with the (WWE) movie program. I want desperately to win the women's championship. I want to be in magazines -- Vogue ... Cosmopolitan. And I want to have kids."

So what about shedding her clothes for Playboy?

"I've been asked to do Playboy since I was 19," she says. "I'm waiting. My sister is still in high school and it's very important that there's no pressure on her.

"If the timing was right, I'd do it, but it's not a major goal of mine."

Maria, whose athletic background includes volleyball, basketball and softball, grabbed onto her role as an "out there" interviewer, before actually wrestling.

"It's exaggerated," she says. "Everybody has their moments when they're a bit ditzy. People connect with that part. Sometimes it's totally off the wall."

As for her connection with CM Punk ... well, she's very happy with the arrangement.

"We met in OVW," she says. "I knew from the moment I met him that he was something special. He has a passion for the business and I'm excited for him."

Maria, who hosts the Kiss Cam at WWE live events, says there have been some memorable moments.

"Sometimes we do the Kiss Cam on the road ... and one time there were a couple of people in the front row. The girl says, 'He's my brother' ... the guy says, 'She's my sister.' They kissed anyway."

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  • Nov. 4, 2006: Maria makes her Cyber Sunday picks

    - Here's the card for tonight's WWE Cyber Sunday pay-per-view: John Cena vs. King Booker vs. Big Show (fans choose which title is on the line); D-Generation X vs. Edge and Randy Orton (fans choose the ref -- Eric Bischoff, The Coach or Vince McMahon); Jeff Hardy vs. Carlito, Shelton Benjamin or Johnny Nitro; Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper or Dusty Rhodes vs. The Spirit Squad; Umaga vs. Kane, Chris Benoit or The Sandman; Lita vs. Mickie James (fans choose match -- No DQ, Lumberjack or Submission); Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch vs. Cryme Tyme vs. Charlie Haas and Viscera vs. The Highlanders (fans choose match -- Fatal Four Way, Tag Team Turmoil or Texas Tornado). Vote at wwe.com.

    - Let the bagpiping begin! Rowdy Roddy Piper's tour through Quebec and Ontario is from Nov. 13-17, promoting an initiative between WWE and VIA Rail where fans will be able to ride the rails to Wrestlemania next year in Detroit. Piper hops on a VIA train Nov. 13, at 1:10 p.m., in Quebec City. He arrives in Montreal at 4:06 p.m., then departs on Nov. 14 at 3:05p.m. He arrives in Ottawa at 5:05 p.m. and will do a signing session at the St. Laurent Toys R Us from 7-9 p.m. He leaves Ottawa on Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m., with a brief stopover in Kingston at 2:32 p.m. Piper arrives in Oshawa at 4:17 p.m. He will be signing autographs at Toronto's Sunrise Records (Yonge and Dundas), from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16. He hops on the VIA train out of Toronto on Nov. 17, at 7:50 a.m., arriving in London at 9:52 a.m. There will be an autograph session at Wal-Mart, 1105 Wellington Rd. S., from noon to 2 p.m. He will be leaving for Windsor at 6:07 p.m., arriving at 7:59 p.m.

    - The Fight Network, a smorgasbord of mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling, is now available on Bell ExpressVu, channel 390.

    - For those tuning into Memphis Wrestling on The Fight Network, Bill Dundee is either wearing a really bad rug ... or he's got a really bad hairstylist.

    - CPW returns today, at 3 p.m., at Bar Spectacle Le Garage (formerly Bar de l'Ouest, 836 St-Louis St.) in Gatineau. The main event is Wild Dangerous Dan, Tray Hugh Mongus and Drake Styles vs. The Black Panthers and "The Legend" Guy Sauriol. Other matches: Dave Titan vs. MVP Michael Von Payton; Triforce vs. Sudden Impact; "The Freak" Zakk Manson vs. Frank "The Beast" Bradley and Sinister X vs. Rahim Ali.

    - Mecca Pro Wrestling presents Redemption on Nov. 11 at Cornwall's Murphy's Inn Pub and Grill. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Among the stars on hand are Pierre "The Beast" Vachon and Damien "The Pitbull" Vachon, sons of legendary Paul "The Butcher" Vachon.

    - Universal Wrestling Alliance returns Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Royal Legion in Gatineau. The main event is UWA heavyweight champ SiNN vs. former WWE star PCO.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: SLAM! Wrestling's Amy Lawson talked with Maria Kanellis as well, and we'll have that story -- includling her aspirations as a wrestler -- next week.


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