December 23, 2009
Maryse answers SLAM! Wrestling reader questions
By "Bloodthirsty" BOB KAPUR -- SLAM! Wrestling
That crafty Bob Kapur was so desperate to spend extra time with WWE diva Maryse that he somehow convinced the SLAM! Wrestling editors to let him get questions from the readers to prolong his interview with her. Here is the result of that session.
Carl: How how long have you been training to be a wrestler and who was your trainer?
Maryse: I did almost a year in Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky with Al Snow. Then I was transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa with Steve Keirn and Tom Pritchard. Now, being on the road, itís Fit Finlay and Ricky Steamboat. I really love Fit Finlay, heís like the master. You ask him for a hold, and heíll come up with another one and another one. He must know about 10,000 of them, itís insane. I donít really use a thousand holds, but I still love to get in the ring with Fit and learn from him.
Marty Goldstein, Oakville, ON: When you were in training, did you ever come across or even get some useful ideas/tips from famous Quebecer wrestlers like the Vachon women or Edouard Carpentier or even the Rougeaus?
Maryse: I never really got a chance to talk to any of them. Hopefully one day.
dialblo2002: Do you speak Spanish?
Maryse: Itís weird. I can read it pretty well -- French and Spanish are very similar -- but I canít speak it.
William, Scotland: How disappointed were you to miss the Breaking Point PPV in your hometown of Montreal due to injury? I imagine it would have been a great feel good moment for you to go into that big event in your hometown after such a successful year.
Maryse: I was really sad. Hopefully next year, we will do a pay-per-view in Montreal. I canít wait to see the reaction in my hometown, especially with all my family and friends there. I wish WWE will be back to Montreal in 2010. The crowd is just insane there.
TJ Protheroe, Ashley Leroux: Can you explain what the tattoo on your left wrist is?
Maryse: It says "Guy," which is my fatherís name.
Ashleigh, Nancy, Samara: What would be your advice to girls who want to become a WWE diva?
Maryse: I would say to try it, and if you think you can do it, donít quit. Itís a lot of time, energy, and focus. Itís like Hollywood movie stars -- you can say they lead a glamourous life, but itís a lot of work. Theyíre on set for 16 hours a day, then they go home and they still study. They have a nice paycheque at the end, but they do work a lot. WWE is very much like that. People may see us on TV for only five minutes -- but thereís a lot going on behind that five minutes. Thereís 15 hours of work around it.
Peter, numerous others: Which diva would you like to wrestle, but haven't?
Aaron, Ben, numerous others: Are you ticklish? If so, where?
Maryse: My feet. (Giggles) Every time I get a pedicure, Iím just laughing for 45 minutes.
Stephen Cervantes: What kind of music do you like to listen to on the road and to help prepare you for a match?
Maryse: I listen to a little bit of everything. I like techno music, which isnít really popular in the States, so it makes people laugh, they make fun of me for it. Before the match, right before Iím going through the curtain, I tell myself that thereís only one Maryse, and itís me. Itís like turning the bitch switch on (laughs).
Maryse: I eat a lot of Chicken McNuggets, which are full of protein (laughs). No, seriously, I train probably two or three times a week. Iím also lucky that my parents have good genetics -- so, thanks, Mom and Dad!
Rťda Benameur: Do you like the Montreal Canadiens?
Maryse: Yes! Unfortunately, itís been about five years since the last time I saw a game at the Bell Centre. I love going there, the fans are crazy.
Keith: Would you ever consider becoming an American citizen someday?
Maryse: Maybe a dual citizenship. I would never want to give up my Canadian citizenship, Iím very proud of it, especially being a French Canadian. Itís not something Iíve thought about, but I wouldnít say no.
Andy J.: What's the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Maryse: I was in Kentucky, and a guy asked me to sign his car. He handed me this huge Sharpie marker, and he asked me to sign this yellow '70s Mustang. I got really nervous, because I was asking myself if this was really his car -- what if it wasnít, maybe itís some random strangerís. Can you imagine, you go to your car, and thereís a signature on it? I signed my name across the hood. That was the weirdest thing ever.
Ashley Leroux: Are you allowed to swear in French in the ring since no one can practically understand?
Maryse: I donít swear, so no. (Pauses to think) I guess nobody would know, though ... (thinks about it further) but there are millions of people around the world that speak French that would understand it if I did.
"Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur enjoys French fries and French toast -- preferably during the same meal! E-mail him your nutritional tips at email@example.com.