"That was a good choice" - Jim Ross reveals WWE's reason for choosing John Cena's first onscreen girlfriend

Jim Ross and John Cena.
Jim Ross and John Cena.
Lennard Surrao

The latest edition of Jim Ross' "Grilling JR" podcast on revolved around everything that happened with John Cena during his WWE run in 2006.

The Cenation Leader rose to become WWE's undisputed top star that year. He was involved in several memorable angles, one of which was a romantic storyline with Maria Kanellis.

Talking about John Cena's first on-screen girlfriend, Jim Ross explained that Maria had the perfect look for television.

According to Ross, Maria was a fresh face in WWE programming and was also receptive to new ideas. JR further noted that John Cena's first on-screen love interest had to look gorgeous, a bill that Maria Kanellis fit perfectly.

"Well, look at her. Do you think she is not TV-worthy?" Ross said. "That's it. She had great sex appeal. She was a fresh face and was always professional, wide-eyed, and open to trying things. I actually thought that was a good choice because she was a new player in the equation, and she had all the tools that she wanted. And if John Cena is going to have a girlfriend, she's going to be hot."

"I thought that was good booking" - Jim Ross on Maria Kanellis and John Cena's pairing


Maria Kanellis is now a proud mother of two adorable children, and Jim Ross believes she is still as beautiful as ever.

Jim Ross shares a good relationship with Maria Kanellis, and he said that it was always great to have the former WWE superstar around.

"Nobody could deny the fact that Maria was hot," Ross added. "She was hot. She is. Especially even today, as a mom of two, she is just a, and she is just a joy to be around, one of my favorite people, and I hope she continues to do well. Stays busy, but she really enjoys being a mom, Conrad, and that's a great trait, a great quality to have, quite frankly. So, I think it was a good deal. If John Cena is going to get his first TV girlfriend, let's give him a dandy, and I thought that was good booking."

John Cena and Maria Kanellis were briefly paired together on television during the 16-time world champion's feud against Edge and Lita.

Please credit Grilling JR and give a H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription if you use quotes from this article.

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Edited by Kartik Arry
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