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Playboy.com's WWE Diva Week: Maria Kanellis
  • January 19, 2013 : 07:01
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The celebration of RAW's 20th Anniversary continues with WWE Diva Maria Kanellis' 2007 pictorial. To catch up on Playboy.com's WWE Diva week, in which we've brought back such famous Playboy photos and interviews with Chyna, Torrie Wilson and Christy Hemme, click here

See Maria Kanellis Nude only on iPlayboyThis one's my favorite: Marla Kanellis says, pulling aside her tight jacket to reveal a small brown dot on a gorgeous shoulder. The WWE RAW star is talking about the freckles sprinkled all over her body — and the games people play with them. 'Every single time, a guy will say he'd like to connect the dots," she explains with a mischievous grin. “How adorable is that?”

As the auburn-haired beauty pulls her jacket back on, we wonder aloud how long a session of connect-the-dots would last. “It depends on the evening," she says coyly. “We could get at least two hours out of it, but all night long would work too.”

Maria is World Wrestling Entertainment's kinder, gentler star — sort of. Onstage the 26-year-old’s sweet temperament and girlie-girl looks make her a fan favorite, but she has yet to win a title fight, and she's taken a few hard knacks from bigger, badder wrestlers. "I'm still getting my butt whupped,” she allows, "and still learning. My next goal is to become the women's champion, even if only for a day.” An intense look sweeps over her face. The girlie-girl thing goes only so far.

Today Maria is visiting WWE's New York outpost in midtown Manhattan, causing a commotion the instant she enters the elevator. In some paral­lel universe her attire may be work-appropriate. After all, she's wearing a fitted jacket, tailored black pants and high-heeled pumps that could conceivably hang in an executive’s closet (if the executive were really hot). But the corporate look is subverted by Maria’s revealing bodice and single black lace glove.

Wrestling fans met the Illinois native in 2004, during the RAW Diva Search competition. Soon she was backstage, interviewing RAW wrestlers in her cute and clueless style. (Note: the hot but ditzy act? Don’t buy it. More on that later.) But what Maria really wanted was to wrestle, so she spent one and half years in Kentucky, working on her chops (and drops and kicks). The process of learning how to “whup butt,” as she puts it, looks a lot like getting your butt whupped. Blood and bruises are common. If you can’t bear to see your pretty face out of joint, ladies, wrestling’s not for you.

Maria whips out her iPhone to show us a photo of herself sporting a very bloody lip. “I landed face-first while wrestling Beth Phoenix. The crowd thought I might win that one,” she sighs. “I thought so too. Didn’t happen."

Read the rest of Maria's interview on Page 2.

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