Maria Kanellis

Professional Wrestler + Valet + Singer-songwriter + Actress + Model
Born Feb 25, 1987

Maria Louise Kanellis is an American singer-songwriter, actress, model, and professional wrestler, also known simply as Maria. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, and is working for Ring of Honor as the valet of Mike Bennett. Kanellis is of Greek descent. Kanellis's career began as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004.… Read More

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1982 Birth Born on February 25, 1982.


2000 18 Years Old She graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2000, before spending some time as a student at Northern Illinois University. … Read More


2004 22 Years Old 1 More Event
She competed in the Raw Diva Search in 2004, deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw. … Read More
2005 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Maria began to get very physical—in and out of the ring.
2006 24 Years Old In early 2006, Maria defeated Victoria in a match. … Read More
2007 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On the January 1, 2007 episode of Raw, Maria attempted to interview Kevin Federline but was instead slapped by Melina and called a "bitch". … Read More
After former Playboy cover-girl Ashley Massaro's return in early 2008, Kanellis engaged in backstage segments where Ashley suggested Maria should be on the cover of Playboy, including at the Royal Rumble, to the disdain of Marella. … Read More
2009 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Maria returned and attacked Michelle during a match, on the January 21, 2009, episode of SmackDown. … Read More
On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began an onscreen relationship with Matt Hardy. … Read More
In early 2011, Kanellis starred in online comedy webshow Funny or Die, and in March 2011 she launched her own perfume line called Signature.


Kanellis continued accompanying Bennett at the January 7, 2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, where she was dubbed the "First Lady of ROH". … Read More
2014 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2014, Kanellis and Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland. Kanellis previously dated fellow wrestler CM Punk between 2005 and 2007, after the pair met during their tenures at OVW.
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