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Maria Menounos and tag team partner WWE Diva Gail Kim celebrate on
Monday Night Raw.
As a kid growing up in Medford, Maria Menounos sometimes watched professional wrestling with her dad. It was like a soap opera, but instead of Luke and Laura, the wild-eyed characters were named “Ravishing’’ Rick Rude, Randy “Macho Man’’ Savage, and Brutus “The Barber’’ Beefcake.
“My mother got so mad at us for watching it,’’ she said yesterday, “but I got sucked into the story lines.’’
WWE chairman Vince McMahon must have had an inkling when he invited Menounos and her “Access Hollywood’’ colleague Nancy O’Dell to host this week’s “Monday Night RAW.’’ Menounos jumped at the chance, but with a request: She wanted to wrestle. (And promote her next movie, “Serial Buddies.’’)
“They agreed,’’ Maria told us yesterday, “so I took six training sessions and learned the different moves - the leg drop, the arm drag, the sunset flip.’’ The throwdown was televised live Monday night, and Menounos was dressed appropriately: Black spandex pants and a bikini top emblazoned with the Greek flag. (The evening’s featured acts were Randy Orton, West Newbury’s own John Cena, and Chris Jericho.)
Menounos was teamed with wrestlers Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly against “The Glamazon’’ Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, and Rosa Mendes. Believe it or not, Maria emerged victorious. “I kind of smashed my tailbone on that flip, but I got some ice on it and I’m fine,’’ she said. “I told Vince I want to come back with [wrestler] Maria Kanellis as ‘The Golden Greeks’ and come out to ‘Zorba the Greek’ music.’’
She stands up for Medford
Menounos, by the way, was disappointed to hear that a new book about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg disses Medford. (Bloomberg grew up in Medford.) The book by former New York Times staffer Joyce Purnick characterizes the city as “quiet and dull’’ and unfriendly to Jews. And it quotes another famous Medford native, author Paul Theroux, saying, “I thought it would be death to stay there, that I would just be swallowed up. It was all right to grow up there, but to stay there? Fatal.’’
Nonsense, says Menounos. “I think some people let things go to their heads a little,’’ she said. “People should be proud of where they came from.’’