Maria Kanellis Biography
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Maria Kanellis

Real Name:
Maria Kanellis
Wrestling Name(s):
5'7" (1.71 m)
120 lb
Date of Birth:
February 25, 1982
Ottawa, Illinois
Trained by:
Ohio Valley Wrestling, Dave Finlay
Signature Moves:
Bronco buster, Monkey flip
Running bulldog

Maria Kanellis

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Maria Kanellis Biography

Championships & Accomplishments:
    Wrestler Maria
    Rankings, Awards & Tournaments
    - PWI Female 50 (#29 in 2008)

Maria Maria Kanellis was first seen in the 2004 Raw Diva Search contest and was later signed by the WWE despite not winning. On November 1st, 2004 on RAW, Maria made her debut as a RAW backstage announcer. Throughout 2005 she continued to be an announcer, as well as participating in numerous match-ups and contests. These included, a Lingerie Pillow fight against Christy Hemme on January 10th 2005's edition of Raw, and a Diva Fashion show on February 7th's edition.

Throughout the year, Maria Kanellis continued to train in the WWE's Development camp; OVW, and participated on November 1st, 2005, on the Taboo Tuesday Pay Per View event in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Divas Battle Royal.

In 2006, she kicked of the year at the New Years Revolution Pay per View on January 8, 2006, participating in a Bra & Panties Gauntlet Match. She then continue to get physical, participating in tag matches, and even being defeated in a Women's Title match by WWE Women's Champion; Mickie James and participating in a Women's Title Tournament after Trish Stratus retired, losing to Lita on October 30, 2006. She later participated in a #1 Contenders Diva Battle Royal for the WWE Women's Championship (November 27, 2006 - Raw). The next week she suffered at the hands of Victoria in a one on one match up (December 4, 2006 - RAW ).

Maria The Highlight of the year for her was going to Iraq participating in the WWE Tribute to the Troops however the highlight for fans that year took place on October 10, 2006 in an ECW "Extreme Strip Poker" segment where she had a naked catfight with Candice Michelle.

In June of 2007, the Santino Marella and Maria Kanellis era began as their onscreen romance began to shape in various segments. As their romance took center stage, with Santino playing a jealous boyfriend the majority of the time. She continued to Wrestle in the Women's Division, which included August 26, 2007 at SummerSlam where she participated in a #1 Contenders Battle Royal and November 18, 2007 at Survivor Series where she, Mickie, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool and Kelly beat Beth, Melina Perez, Jillian Hall, Victoria and Layla. In late 2007 Playboy rumors began and in January of 2008 the WWE began to promote her Playboy spread. Tension between her and Santino escalated to an all time high, as he opposed her choice to want to do Playboy. This all led to a Playboy "BunnyMania" match being booked for Wrestlingmania 24.

On March 30, 2008 at WrestleMania 24, Beth Phoenix and Melina Perez defeated her and Ashley Massaro in the BunnyMania Lumberjill Match. The MC of the match was rapper Snoop Dogg, who clotheslined Santino Marella and french kissed her. The conclusion of her storyline with Santino came the next day on March 31, 2008 during RAW, as she defeated Santino in a No-DQ match with help from all of the WWE Divas who attacked Santino. Earlier in the show, he made disparaging remarks towards the WWE Women, which was the motivation for their attack. - Forums
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