While recapping Monday's episode of Raw for Maria Menounos' media network AfterBuzzTV.com, former WWE performer Maria Kanellis used the open forum to cryptically remark about Kelly Kelly's personal life.
The WWE Diva appeared on Raw for the first time in over two months and scored a singles match victory over Eve following a surprise hurricanrana. "There was a lot of speculation that [Kelly Kelly] was leaving for good. So they must have come to terms on her contract and she's still here," Kanellis states.
Co-host Josh Padgett and special guest Nigel McGuinness then ask Kanellis whether she had "backstage heat" with Kelly, who she worked alongside with in WWE from 2006 to 2010. She responds in a cryptic manner.
"I just think that sometimes you gotta be careful what photos end up on the Internet when people are involved with other people because it makes us girls that work our tails off to be very good individuals and be good at our job look trashy," stated Kanellis, who prides herself in being a 'Lady'.
McGuinness says he never saw "those photos" and feels that Kelly should set up her own website. "Trending now, naked pictures of Kelly Kelly," he jokes. "The First Lady of Ring of Honor" responds, "I don't mind those, naked it up if you're by yourself, but if you're with someone else's someone else...I don't like that. Scandalous and I don't like it. It's exact opposite of what I'm about. I think that you have to be careful with that stuff. Especially if you're trying to change..."
At this point, Kanellis is directed by the producer to change the subject to Kelly's match. She responds, "I don't want to go the next match." She then continues, "Especially if you're trying to change the opinions people are having about a certain group of individuals. You know what I mean? I have a problem with that because I fought my entire life to try and be just as strong as men and just as smart, and of course, the first thing that happens, is I get a stupid gimmick. So what did I do? I got on Celebrity Apprentice. And as soon as I was out of WWE, I started to make a change with my life, but it was not random photos of me with someone else's someone else—because they don't go away."
Regarding the photos in question, Kanellis appears to be referencing some images that surfaced online in early 2009 of Kelly canoodling with a married man in fellow WWE Superstar Chris Jericho—the batch included a shot of the two kissing. It has been heavily speculated that the two were involved in a secret romantic relationship then; a Google.com search for the term "chris jericho kelly kelly" leads to numerous suggest results including "chris jericho kelly kelly kissing," "chris jericho kelly kelly dating," "chris jericho and kelly kelly a couple" and "chris jericho kelly kelly together."
Kelly appeared to respond to Kanellis' cryptic remarks Tuesday evening via Twitter, herself cryptically stating, "I will never mention your name, you will never be relevant. If I have something to say about you, I will say it to you ☺ #thebiggerperson."
Kanellis responded, "Relevant enough to call me. #IMALADY." She then deleted the remark, but stands by her show comments.
She tweeted, "@afterbuzztv is a show about a show. Every show discusses the show, news and gossip. If you don't like you're dirty laundry aired maybe you should be more careful about what shows up on the Internet."
To view Kanellis' two-minute long spiel, click here.