Maria Kanellis
professional wrestler, valet, singer-songwriter, actress, and model
Maria Kanellis
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.
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Turns Out Donald Trump Once Fired A Woman For Using 'Locker Room Talk'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Oh, how the hypocritical tables have turned.  Just days after Donald Trump brushed off his 2005 brag about sexually assaulting women as nothing more than “locker room talk,” a 2010 episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” has resurfaced in which the Republican nominee fires a female contestant for exactly that. The clip, which was tweeted out Monday from “The Daily Show” account, shows Trump dismissing professional wrestler Maria Kanellis after she said “crap” in his boardroom, a word much less obscene than the phrase “grab her by the p***y.”  Donald Trump in 2010: “This is my boardroom. It's not a locker room. Maria, you’re fired.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/UlsP9Xjg7F — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 10, 2016 “The reason why I said you were so arrogant was because you came in our dressing room and you took a crap and left the stench in the room,” Kanellis says in the video, referencing an incident with her fellow contestant, chef Curtis Stone.  The re ...
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Brock Lesnar returns to WWE: Scott Steiner, Diamond Dallas Page and others give their thoughts
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
MMACanada.net was on location at this past weekend's WrestleReunion convention in Toronto and had the opportunity to chat with several professional wrestling personalities about the growing popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA). That topic of discussion obviously brought up the name of the one man who has reached the pinnacle in each field. No, not Ken Shamrock. Brock Lesnar, of course. They spoke with "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner who was taking time off from writing hilarious tweets, Diamond Dallas Page who was probably fresh off a killer yoga sesh and others including "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Maria Kanellis and The Honky Tonk Man. It's a pretty interesting video which gives some insight into how MMA is viewed by some of pro wrestling's most tenured stars. Check it out.
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Maria Kanellis Talks About WWE Holding Her Back, ROH Status, Doing Playboy
Wrestling Inc - almost 5 years
Maria Kanellis Talks About WWE Holding Her Back, ROH Status, Doing Playboy
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Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis Appearing for ROH
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
Former WWE Diva <a class="fplink fp-585354" href="/maria+kanellis">Maria Kanellis</a> will be making an appearance for Ring of Honor's Final Battle. Kanellis will manage <a class="fplink fp-607076" href="/mike+bennett+businessman">Mike Bennett</a> her real life boyfriend. Bennett hints at Kanellis appearance in the video below.
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Henry Winkler To Attend Steel City Con - Online PR News (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... Erika Eleniak (&quot;Shauni McClain&quot; from Baywatch); Bonnie Piesse (&quot;Young Aunt Beru&quot; from Star Wars); Mark Dodson (&quot;Salacious Crumb&quot; from Star Wars and The Gremlins); &quot;Hacksaw&quot; Jim Duggan (former WWE Wrestler); Maria Kanellis (former WWE Diva)
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Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Haunted - GreenCine
Google News - over 5 years
Maria Kanellis has done it all. Wrestling, modeling, writing, but now, she tackles a new and far more deadly task - hosting B movies! In this terror filled feature, an Indian woman is framed for witchcraft, tied to a horse and left to die in the desert
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Chris Jericho Returning to WWE Soon? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
It&#39;s also been alleged that divas Mickie James and Maria Kanellis were let go after showing interest in projects beyond wrestling and deeply irking management, who felt the two were being disloyal. However, as noted, with the company as short on big
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New Maria Kanellis Photos, Set to Host New Raw After Show - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, who was also a contestant on Donald Trump&#39;s Celebrity Apprentice, and Playboy Magazine cover girl, has released a brand new series of pics posing as a Vampire. Additionally, Kanellis has announced that she&#39;s teamed up
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Maria Hosting RAW After-Party, SD! Stars On RAW, Carlito - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
-- Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis will be hosting a WWE RAW after-show for AfterBuzzTV.com beginning October 3rd. -- Former WWE Superstar Carlito was seen hanging out with the RAW brand stars after Friday&#39;s
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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: New Maria cards, action figure price guides, WWE Chipz update - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
What has Maria Kanellis been up to since leaving WWE? Dressing as the teacher you&#39;ve always wished you had, apparently. The former WWE Diva is included in the new Benchwarmer &quot;Hot for Teacher&quot; series of
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Ashley Massaro Joins WILD, Maria/Torrie Wilson News, More - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
-- Former WWE Divas Maria Kanellis and Torrie Wilson are advertised to appear at Chiller Theatre, which takes place October 28-30 at Hilton Parsippany One Hilton Court Parsippany, New Jersey
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Celebrity Apprentice Cast 2010 - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
Maria Kanellis – Former WWE diva Maria Kanellis proved to be one of the smartest and most savvy workers on the &quot;Celebrity Apprentice&quot; 2010. Her team won their task the week that she served as project manager and she showed that she could delegate
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Gallatin spa hosts Make-a-Wish event for girl, 11 - The Tennessean
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, left, and Make A Wish recipient Chyna Douglas show off their nails following a Make-A-Wish event honoring Chyna. Chyna is held by Marcus Pastorius, right, of Crossfire Entertainment. / Billy Kingsley Chyna Douglas,
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Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Haunted - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
So this release is part of Code Red&#39;s new Maria&#39;s B-Movie Mayhem line, in which wrestling star Maria Kanellis plays horror hostess - you are able to watch the movie with or without her introduction, which is a fun, goofy sort of skit related to the
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Photos: Brand New Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis Gallery - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, who broke out as a national star as a WrestleMania Playboy Girl and a contestant on Donald Trump&#39;s Celebrity Apprentice (and who happens to be the former girlfriend of WWE Champion CM Punk) has posed for a brand new set
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Wrestlers 'Too Cool' for ring in Nashville - Murfreesboro Post
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE diva and “Celebrity Apprentice” star, Maria Kanellis will also make a special appearance during the event. “My role is to show my support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That is my charity that I support and I am honored to be doing two
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Pro Wrestling Pick: Chicago Comic Con - SouthtownStar
Google News - over 5 years
11-14 from former World Wrestling Federation star Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Lisa Marie Varon aka TNA Knockout Tara and former WWE Diva Victoria, former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, former WWF star Rikishi, former WWF star Sean “Val Venis” Morley,
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Maria on Why CM Punk Resonates with Fans - ProWrestling.com
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis appeared on Monday Night Mayhem, which airs every Monday at 7:00 pm via MondayNightMayhem.com. Highlights from her interview are as follows: The importance of giving back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her
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Maria habla de “La era de Punk” - Superluchas.net (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Hermosísima Maria Kanellis, y muy sabia con sus palabras, se le extraña. CM Punk si hace lo que lo hizo entrar al negocio, luchar. CM PUnk es humilde ya el si le importa que le paguen por luchar, no como otros que solo dicen “nos pagan por viajar y
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Former Diva Maria On Leaving WWE, CM Punk & More - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
Former WWE Diva/Playboy cover model Maria Kanellis was one of the featured guests on this week&#39;s live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel The Mayhem live every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maria Kanellis
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    On September 1, 2016, Maria forced her apprentice, Allie, to lay down and let her pin her to win the championship for the first time.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In February, Maria started her first feud in the company, with Gail Kim, the then TNA Knockouts Champion, after the latter refused Maria's help to make her go "mainstream". On the April 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria won a ladder match to become the new TNA Knockouts Division Commissioner.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, NJPW announced that, due to Kanellis' popularity, the promotion had booked its first match involving female wrestlers since October 2002, which would see Kanellis team up with Bennett and Taven to take on Amber Gallows, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson at Wrestling Dontaku 2015 on May 3. Kanellis pinned Amber to win the match. On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Taven to their first IWGP Tag Team Championship defense against Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. The Kingdom lost the match and the championship, after Doc Gallows superkicked Kanellis, which distracted Bennett, leaving Taven alone to lose the match.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    In September 2012, Kanellis made her debut for Chikara, managing Mike Bennett and The Young Bucks to the finals of the 2012 King of Trios tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Alongside Gavin Loudspeaker, Kanellis hosted the 2014 National Pro Wrestling Day.
    On February 25, 2012, Maria won a tournament to determine the inaugural Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) Women's Champion.
    More Details Hide Details The victory also marked Kanellis' first championship in professional wrestling. She held the championship until March 24, when she lost it to Winter in a three-way match also involving Rosita. In July, Kanellis regained the championship from Winter. Kanellis successfully defended her title against Angelina Love at FWE: No Limits.
    Kanellis continued accompanying Bennett at the January 7, 2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, where she was dubbed the "First Lady of ROH".
    More Details Hide Details At the June 21 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Brutal Bob Evans to ring, where they lost to Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. After the match, Kanellis, Bennett and Bob attacked Cole and Edwards, but were stopped by Sara Del Rey, who Edwards had brought in to neutralize Kanellis. At the Boiling Point pay-per-view on August 11, Maria and Bennett lost to Del Rey and Edwards in an mixed tag team match. Kanellis' storyline with Del Rey ended abruptly the following month, when Del Rey signed a contract with WWE. In September 2012, Kanellis and Bennett became involved in a storyline with Mike Mondo after he kissed Kanellis during one of Bennett's matches. Mondo continued to cost Bennett matches, until Glory by Honor in October, when Bennett defeated Mondo to end the feud. At the November 3 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Maria accompied Bennett to the ring where he unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday pay-per-view, Kanellis along with Bob accompied Bennett to the ring where he defeated Jerry Lynn in his final ROH match before retirement. At the Border Wars pay-per-view on May 4, 2013, Kanellis accompied Bennett to the ring where he was defeated by Roderick Strong, despite Kanellis attempting to interfere on Bennett's behalf. On September 19, Maria and Bennett defeated The Brutal Burgers (Brutal Bob Evans & Cheeseburger) in a Intergender tag team match.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    In a December 2011 interview, Kanellis confirmed she was dating Mike Bennett, and they later got engaged. On October 10, 2014, Bennett and Kanellis got married.
    More Details Hide Details Following her wedding she became a step mother to Bennett's son Austin. In 2013, Kanellis began working toward an associate degree in art at university.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She accompanied her real-life boyfriend, Mike Bennett, as a villainess, in a three-way elimination match against Jay Lethal and El Generico for the ROH World Television Championship. At the event, Bennett was unsuccessful in winning the title.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    Kanellis is also a singer and released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010, with "Fantasy" as the first single.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2011, Kanellis starred in online comedy webshow Funny or Die, and in March 2011 she launched her own perfume line called Signature. In September 2011, Kanellis launched her DVD line in conjunction with Code Red DVD called Maria's B Movie Mayhem. In January 2014, Kanellis and Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland.
    She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010 on iTunes.
    More Details Hide Details Kanellis was born in Ottawa, Illinois. She has two younger siblings; a brother and sister named Bill and Janny, respectively. Kanellis grew up with an interest in playing sports, particularly volleyball, basketball, and softball.
    On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began a brief on-screen relationship with Matt Hardy.
    More Details Hide Details Her last match in WWE was a six-person-tag-team match on the February 25 episode of WWE Superstars, where she, Hardy, and The Great Khali lost to The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya Neidhart). Maria was released from her WWE contract on February 26.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    On December 17, 2009, she was a guest host on G4's Attack of the Show.
    More Details Hide Details Kanellis began a new career as a mixed martial arts announcer for HDNet on March 26, 2010 at the King of the Cage event in Reno, Nevada. Kanellis was also a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered in March 2010. She was eliminated on the May 16 episode. She placed fifth out of fourteen contestants. Kanellis was first asked to pose for Playboy when she was nineteen years old, but she turned down the offer in fear of embarrassing her sister. She eventually posed for the cover of the April 2008 issue, with an accompanying nude pictorial. For the pictorial, she chose her own wardrobe and made the black hooded jacket she wore in one of the photos. That same year, FHM named her 53rd of 100 on their "The Sexiest Women 2008" list. With WWE transitioning to PG content a few months after Kanellis's pictorial and Playboy itself announcing it would go non-nude starting with the March 2016 issue, Kanellis was ultimately the last active WWE Diva to pose nude for the magazine.
    Maria returned and attacked McCool during a match, on the January 23, 2009, episode of SmackDown.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 13 episode of SmackDown, she defeated McCool following interference from Eve Torres. Over the next several weeks, Maria competed in various tag-team matches against McCool, with Maria winning three out of four matches. She also competed at WrestleMania XXV for the "Miss WrestleMania" crown, but was eliminated by Victoria. Throughout June, Maria served as the special guest referee in Diva matches. Maria made her in-ring return on the July 3 episode of SmackDown, teaming with Melina to defeat LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla. Soon after, she entered into an on-screen relationship with Dolph Ziggler, despite her being a fan favorite and him being a villainous character. At Night of Champions, Maria accompanied Ziggler to his match with Rey Mysterio for Intercontinental Championship. In the following weeks, Melina implied that Ziggler was cheating on Maria, which Maria did not believe. Maria and Ziggler later broke up on the October 10 episode of SmackDown in a backstage segment, after she cost him his match with John Morrison.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    As part of the 2008 WWE supplemental draft, Maria was drafted to the SmackDown brand.
    More Details Hide Details She made her debut on the August 1 episode of SmackDown by defeating Victoria. On the October 17 episode of SmackDown!, Maria won a "Las Vegas Dice on a Pole" match to become the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship, but lost a subsequent match for the title against then-champion Michelle McCool. Maria participated in the Raw Divas vs. Smackdown Divas match at Survivor Series, where she eliminated Jillian Hall, but her team ultimately lost the match. On the December 5 episode of SmackDown!, Maria got an upset victory over the Divas Champion Michelle McCool, but she was defeated by Maryse in a number one contender's match for the title two weeks later. At the Armageddon pay-per-view on December 14, Maria teamed up with Kelly Kelly, Mickie James and McCool defeating Maryse, Jillian Hall, Victoria and Natalya in an Eight-Diva Santa's Little Helper tag team match. On the December 26 episode of SmackDown!, she served as a special guest referee in the Divas Championship match between Maryse and McCool, where Maryse became the new champion. After the match, McCool turned heel and attacked Maria, injuring her shoulder.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a part of the storyline, Maria defeated Beth Phoenix on February 18, to "earn the right" to be on the cover of the magazine. During her Playboy cover unveiling, Maria's cover was plastered over with images of Marella. After Marella offered an ultimatum of posing for the magazine or staying with him as a couple, she stated, "No man and no one is going to make this decision for me" and broke up with her on-screen boyfriend. Maria, along with Ashley, (who had replaced an injured Candice Michelle) were defeated by Phoenix and Melina at WrestleMania XXIV in a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match. After the match, Maria passionately kissed the Master of Ceremonies, Snoop Dogg. The next night on Raw, Maria wrestled Marella. Seven other women ganged up on him, and held his legs apart for Maria to headbutt his testicles and pin him. This ended their feud.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    Maria began an on-screen romance with Santino Marella in June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details She also resumed competing in the ring occasionally, often jobbing, or losing quickly, in short matches. On the November 5 episode of Raw, Marella was confronted by the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin for criticizing his movie, The Condemned. As a part of the storyline, the argument ended as Marella received a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin, who then went backstage, only to return with a Budweiser beer truck to hose down Marella and Maria with beer.
    On the January 1, 2007 episode of Raw, Maria attempted to interview Kevin Federline, but was instead slapped by Melina and called a "bitch".
    More Details Hide Details This led to a match between the two later that night, which Melina won. At New Year's Revolution, Maria and Candice Michelle ran to the ring during the Women's Championship match between Victoria and Mickie James to stop Melina from interfering, helping James retain the championship. For two consecutive weeks afterward, Maria had two tag team partners, Mickie James and Jeff Hardy, respectively, to take on Melina and a partner. She lost the match with James, but won the other with Hardy.
  • 2006
    Age 18
    On the January 2, 2006 episode of Raw, Maria defeated Victoria in a match.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, she was attacked and stripped of her clothes by Vince's Devils (Victoria, Torrie Wilson, and Candice Michelle), but she was saved by Ashley Massaro. During a commercial break that night, Vince McMahon announced a Gauntlet Bra & Panties Match for New Year's Revolution between all five girls. At the event, Maria was the first to enter the Gauntlet match and eliminated Michelle and Wilson before being eliminated by Victoria. The match was ultimately won by Massaro. Maria teamed with John Cena to take on Edge and Lita in the main event on the February 6 episode of Raw. Maria scored the victory after a spear meant for Cena hit Lita. One month later, Maria lost a singles match to Lita. After the match, Edge was preparing to spear Maria, but Mick Foley ran in to help her. On the April 10 episode of Raw, Maria received a shot at the WWE Women's Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion Mickie James. On October 16, Maria won a Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match against Victoria, Candice Michelle, and Torrie Wilson to advance to the semi-finals in a Women's Championship Tournament. Maria, however, lost in the semi-finals of the tournament to Lita.
  • 2005
    Age 17
    Kanellis previously dated fellow wrestler CM Punk between 2005 and 2007, after the pair met during their tenures at OVW.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 14 episode of Raw, one of Maria's fillings legitimately fell out after she was slapped by Trish Stratus. She also competed in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for the WWE Women's Championship, but was the first to be eliminated, courtesy of Trish Stratus and Mickie James. On November 14, Maria competed in a non-title Diva Battle Royal at the Eddie Guerrero tribute Raw show. Maria stood by herself for most of the match, only getting involved when she saw the opportunity to eliminate a competitor, and ultimately eliminated both Jillian Hall and Victoria. She was one of the last three women left in the match, but was eliminated by both Melina and Trish Stratus. On the November 28 episode of Raw, Maria interviewed then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, and asked him whether or not he thought he was going to be fired. He then booked her in a match with Kurt Angle out of spite, and Maria was laid out with the Angle Slam. As a result, one week later, Maria testified in the trial against Bischoff, who was being fired because of his controversial actions as General Manager. As Mick Foley questioned her, she answered, "Last week Bischoff abused his power in a way that was both malicious and capricious, and it's this rash of discourse that ultimately led to a locker room of disdain and mutiny, and it should be grounds for his immediate dismissal."
  • 2004
    Age 16
    Maria was brought on to Raw as a ditzy backstage interviewer and the host of WWE KissCam in November 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Her gimmick involved her asking wrong questions, irritating and amusing WWE Superstars and Divas. The gimmick would last all the way until 2007.
    She competed in the Raw Diva Search in 2004, deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw.
    More Details Hide Details Even though she only placed fifth in the contest, she was hired by the company. She stood out in the contest by giving fellow contestant Carmella DeCesare the finger after being eliminated from the contest. Maria began making appearances in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE's then-developmental territory, under head trainer Paul Heyman. She contributed booking ideas, and her work at OVW earned her a spot on the Raw brand roster.
  • 2000
    Age 12
    She graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2000, before spending some time as a student at Northern Illinois University.
    More Details Hide Details Before her career in wrestling began, Kanellis regularly competed in beauty pageants.
  • OTHER
  • 1982
    Age -6
    Born on February 25, 1982.
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