Former WWE Women’s Champion Melina was recently a guest on ex-WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, “Chasing Glory,” to talk about several professional wrestling topics. During the show, Melina discussed if she has heat with WWE, and what she was told when the promotion released her several years ago.
Here are the highlights:
If she has heat with WWE: “I always tell people, I couldn’t imagine having heat. Because I did everything I was told, I was a good employee. I was like, ‘Hmm.’ But then at the same time, that’s giving me too much credit. From like, ‘I did something awful.’ Like, okay.
“But it’s intriguing because I remember back in the day, people would say like, I got people fired. And I was like, ‘I can’t even keep my own job. How am I gonna get people fired?’ [laughs] And if I had that kind of stroke, wouldn’t I get this ultimate storyline that’s undeniable, that will keep me in wrestling forever? So the heat thing, I’m like, I don’t know.
“I can’t speak for anybody, but I don’t think so. I couldn’t imagine. I did everything I was told. They were nice to me when they let me go.”
What she was told upon her release: “Oh, creative had nothing for me. [laughs] I was like, ‘I’m Melina!’ But I mean, granted, that’s what I thought. I was like, ‘I’m Melina. Of course you’d have’ — you could create for Melina. She could do anything. But at the same time I knew, there was a sense of relief. I was relieved when I got let go. And it’s nothing against WWE.
“What happened was, I was injured twice. I had never really took time off, real time off. And throughout the things I’ve been through, I needed to get my mind straight. I needed peace. I needed to just take a break. And I told them, they asked me like, ‘Why aren’t you crying?’ Because apparently I cry all the time, ’cause I’m like, ‘Oh no!’ I’m sensitive! And so when I didn’t cry, they asked me like, ‘You’re not gonna cry?’
“I was like, ‘No.’ Because I really did believe, being in the business you see people leave, come back, leave, come back. So I said, ‘I know there’ll be a time when I come back. It’s not the end.’ So I was secure in that, knowing that’s not the end.”
H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions