Yeah no. You're not going to be alone on this. It's been established in other threads that the most attractive thing about Maria is her naivety and innocence that is her character. The simple move would've been to make her look like those pictures of Britney Spears in Rolling Stone back in the day. Instead we get poor man's Avril Lavigne.
(Even on the website, I think she plays second fiddle to that fling.com girl in the corner.)
p.s. I'm so happy to be in at ground floor for the shoo-in for March's topic of interest.
Eh. to me these pictures prove that women look so much better when there is a little mystery (ie clothing) involved. I would rather have had her not do the shoot and let my imagination run wild.
"Marriage is like that show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, but it’s not funny. All the problems are the same, but you know instead of all the funny, pithy dialogue, everybody is really pissed off and tense. Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of 'Everybody Loves Raymond', only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."
I paused for a moment before I looked because I knew I'd probably be disappointed. And I was right. I don't get it -- this should have been the best Playboy shoot since Torrie Wilson's first. Instead, it's no better than Christy Hemme's.
Let's be clear: Maria is hot and these pictures are great. But geesh, folks, less is more. You've got a totally hot woman. All you have to do is make her naked and put her in front of the camera. How hard is that?
Now that I've seen them... I really wish I hadn't.
Yeah, I was all excited when I first heard about her striping for Playboy, but now that I see the pictures... I mean, she pretty, she has a nice rack, but I think I just like seeing her clothed better.
I know, what the fuck's wrong with me? Am I gay or something? NO! She just doesn't need to be mekid and posing like all the rest of the 50 million nekid bimbos in the world.
Why is anyone surprised that the pictures aren't great? Every year, they announce that a Diva will pose for Playboy, and every year, the Internet collectively craps itself thinking of all the boner-inducing pictures that are sure to follow, and every year, the pictures are a let-down.
I would have a hard time seeing Michaels end his career on a down note. The first time he retired, not only was the injury more serious, but it came in what was, at the time, probably one of the biggest matches in company history.