By Kevin Eck
Maria Manic has been a woman of few words in Ring of Honor, but she had plenty to say on the forthcoming episode of the “ROHStrong Podcast.”
Manic spoke with me for more than an hour on the podcast, which drops on Monday, May 18 and can be heard on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms.
Among the topics we discussed were: her recent return to Twitter after receiving a lifetime ban; the YouTube video that put her on ROH’s radar; wrestling in intergender and death matches on the independent scene; and the status of her relationship with pro wrestler Teddy Hart.
Manic also talked about starting her wrestling career as a bleach-blond bombshell before transforming into “The Maneater.”
“I was just like a robot playing what I thought ‘wrestling diva’ was,” Manic said. “But then over time I realized wrestling was not about that. Wrestling is about being yourself and finding yourself. I knew that look was in at that time and I was just trying to fit that mold, but I was so far away from myself that it [came off] so inauthentic.
“I remember I used to go do wrestling shows and I would put on these cute outfits and suck it in all day and talk with this super-nice voice, and then I would get home and just rip it off and turn into an animal.”
As I noted in last week’s column, Silas Young and Josh Woods are hosting a weekly show that will stream on Facebook Live. “2 Guys 1 Show” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern and will air every Friday at that time going forward.
Young and Woods are very entertaining together, so “2 Guys 1 Show” figures to be a good time for all. Well, all except for the curmudgeonly Young, that is.
They’ll also be doing a Q/A during the stream!
Reply to this tweet with your questionspic.twitter.com/sLKfp1EFUt
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 14, 2020
Former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle is spotlighted on this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.” The show features the full match between then-champion Castle and “The Villain” Marty Scurll from Supercard of Honor 2018.
We look back at Dalton’s favorite ROH moments, his favorite matches, what he’s doing during quarantine & more!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 13, 2020
Caprice Coleman, who has to be the fittest commentator in pro wrestling, spoke to Medical Daily recently to offer advice on how to stay fit and motivated at home.
“I think it’s wise for people if they are wanting to start something to not be afraid to start at the beginning level to see where their body is,” Coleman said. “The worst thing you can do at this time is to injure yourself and have to go to the hospital. Use wisdom, be smart, and it’s great to try to exercise. Even starting with a walk outside, you can then move to a fast walk and then to a jog. Or when you’re at home you can do push-ups, squats, sit-ups.”
As if Vincent wasn’t already scary enough, now he has a creepy mask for some unknown reason. If I was Matt Taven, I’d be sleeping with one eye open.
When the world is at war, stand behind me. Dig what I’m saying? pic.twitter.com/BR1tYoica6
— Vincent (@TheHorrorKingVM) May 12, 2020
Apparently, Brian Johnson’s Twitter account was hacked. That’s the only explanation for these tweets:
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” - FDR
What path you choose everyday is up to you. But just know, Mecca is here if you ever get off track.
I hope my entire @ringofhonor family is doing well.
All the love. All the power. pic.twitter.com/1HrxTQnrWF
— Mecca (@Bjo_Mecca) May 15, 2020
The best way to appreciate someone or something, is to imagine life without them.
Been without @ringofhonor & their incredible fans for far too long now.
Just know, The Mecca appreciates you all.
Enjoy your day.
All the love. All the power.
— Mecca (@Bjo_Mecca) May 13, 2020
“Good morning” is more than an expression. It’s an action & belief to live the entire day well.
Here’s hoping you have the best morning @ringofhonor
All the love. All the power.
— Mecca (@Bjo_Mecca) May 12, 2020
Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.