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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    Turns Out Donald Trump Once Fired A Woman For Using 'locker Room Talk'
    Huffington Post - Oct 11, 2016
  • Brock Lesnar Returns To Wwe: Scott Steiner, Diamond Dallas Page And Others Give Their Thoughts
    Cageside Seats - Apr 16, 2012
  • Maria Kanellis Talks About Wwe Holding Her Back, Roh Status, Doing Playboy
    Wrestling Inc - Apr 13, 2012
  • Former Wwe Diva Maria Kanellis Appearing For Roh
    Wrestling News Source - Dec 17, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Maria Kanellis.


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 wrestling more matches, and was defeated in her first official match on the January 10, 2005 episode of Raw by Christy Hemme in a Lingerie Pillow Fight. … Read More
2006 24 Years Old On the January 2, 2006 episode of Raw, 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
2008 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After former Playboy cover-girl Ashley Massaro's return in early 2008, Kanellis engaged in backstage segments where Massaro 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 McCool during a match, on the January 23, 2009, episode of SmackDown. … Read More
…  On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began a brief on-screen relationship with Matt Hardy. … Read More
2011 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Maria confirmed on her Twitter account that she would be appearing at Ring of Honor's Final Battle pay-per-view on December 23, 2011. … Read More


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 On October 4, 2014, Maria lost the FWE Women's Championship against Ivelisse Vélez On April 6, 2015, Kanellis managed Bennett and Matt Taven to capture New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Tag Team Championship at Invasion Attack 2015. … Read More
2016 34 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 5, 2016, during Impact Wrestlings premiere on Pop TV, Maria made her debut as a heel introducing her husband as "The Miracle" Mike Bennett. … Read More
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