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Melina Recalls Declining Playboy Photoshoot, Vince McMahon Firing Her

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During a recent appearance on the “Wrestling Shoot Interviews” podcast, former WWE Divas Champion Melina revealed that she had declined an offer to do a photoshoot for Playboy magazine during her WWE run in the 2000s.

Melina said, “There’s nothing wrong with doing it. It’s just my mentality back then was, ‘The main reason I got into wrestling was for wrestling.’ It does change how people perceive you when you do certain things. So it’s not to say like, ‘Oh, I look down on people who do it.’ It’s just knowing how it will affect you in the future.”

Melina noted that some of her WWE co-workers used to get upset when fans wanted them to sign copies of the Playboy magazines they posed for. While Melina didn’t reveal any names, the WWE Divas who posed during her time included Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Ashley Massaro, Maria Kanellis, and Christy Hemme.

She continued, “That look of frustration, like, ‘Really? You’re just gonna slap that on there?’ I would look at that and think, ‘I really gotta think this completely through.’ In my heart, the reason I didn’t want to do it was [because] I didn’t want somebody to come into my dad’s music store and put that [Playboy] magazine in my dad’s face. Also, I didn’t want the person I’m dating, the person I love, to see other guys see me naked. He’s the only one who’s going to see me naked.”

Melina also recalled an interaction with Vince McMahon in 2011 following a Battle Royal match for a shot at the WWE Divas Championship.

The match didn’t go according to plan as Gail Kim went off script by eliminating herself from the match and quitting WWE.

At the following SmackDown TV taping, McMahon told something to the former MNM valet, and Melina realized that she would be fired soon after.

Melina noted, “I was in Gorilla [Position] and Vince was passing by and he stopped and he turned and he looked at me and he said, ‘You have a good night. I was like, ‘Holy f***, I’m getting fired.’ He just said ‘f*** you’ to me, but with a good night. As soon as he said, ‘Have a good night,’ I knew I was marked.”

Melina was released from her WWE contract in August of 2011.

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