Melina Defends Ashley Massaro In The Face Of Criticism Following Her Passing

Melina hopes one day that Ashley Massaro's detractors understand how much she truly cared about wrestling fans.

Appearing on Lilian Garcia Chasing Glory podcast, former WWE women's champion Melina opened up about Ashley Massaro's passing and Ashley being the brunt of negative threads on the internet.

Melina, who is very open in the interview about going through battles with mental illness herself, says she was truly hurt by the mean things that were said about Ashley following her passing in some circles and she hopes that one day fans can see that they were wrong for being so negative.

“When it comes to Ashley, so I saw a thread that said about Ashley... I didn't know if anybody knew what happened to her because they were holding it for so long. Like nobody wants to talk about it. So I thought, well, maybe it's something that's not going to be talked about. But now that it's out there, I saw the thread and it was so mean. It was so mean,” Melina began. “Granted, I know that's only the negative part of it. Like, sometimes the people who talk are just the people who are just when you say mean things and there's thousands and millions of positive people out there who support and love Ashley and know who she was truly, and see her for who she was. But the thread was so mean, like, oh, 'why would you do that?' They were picking on her that she had money, she had this. She is beautiful. 'This is just another person who just couldn't accept that they had it all and all that.'”

She continued, “The mean things that were said, I was like, how could you guys. That's so mean. You know, she sacrificed her body in the ring to entertain you guys, she loved you guys. She loved you. How can you say such mean things? Stuff like that is just... you don't get it. I forgive you for not understanding. But at the same time, I hope one day you realize that you shouldn't be saying that. That's awful.”

Melina and Ashley competed in the Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 23 back in 2007 and remained closed until Ashley's passing in 2019.

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