Maria Kanellis Bio

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Maria Kanellis Bio

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Maria Louise Kanellis

Born: Ottawa, Illinois

Birthday: February 25, 1982

Horoscope Sign: Pisces

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Smartasses Magazine Top 100 - Female EmpowermentMaria Kanellis Bio – Smartasses Magazine Maria Louise Kanellis (born February 25, 1982) is an American professional wrestler, valet, actress and singer. She was born in Ottawa, Illinois. Kanellis has two younger siblings, a brother named Bill and a sister named Janny. She graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2000, before spending time as a student at Northern Illinois University. On October 10, 2014, Kanellis wed fellow wrestler Mike Bennett.

In 2004, Kanellis made her first television appearance as a contestant on the reality series Outback Jack. Later that same year, she tried out for the WWE Diva Search and placed fifth, out of thousands of contestants. Although eliminated, she was eventually hired by the WWE as a backstage interviewer for Monday Night Raw, and began training for the next three years at Ohio Valley Wrestling. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a wrestler in 2005, and in 2009, she received the Slammy award for the 2009 WWE Diva of the Year. She was released from her WWE contract on February 26, 2010. Later, Kanellis debuted with Ring of Honor at the Final Battle pay per view on December 23, 2011. She and husband Mike Bennett left the promotion after the December 19, 2015 television tapings, when failing to come to terms on a new contract. On January 5, 2016, during the Impact Wrestling premiere on Pop TV, Kanellis made her TNA debut with an introduction of her husband, Mike “The Miracle” Bennett. On the September 1, 2016 episode of Impact, she forced her apprentice Allie, to lay down and let her pin her, subsequently winning the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time. This led to a match between Kanellis and Gail Kim at the October 2, 2016 Bound for Glory pay per view, which saw Kim defeat Kanellis, thus ending Kanellis’ reign as Knockouts Champion at fifty days.

In other media, Kanellis has co-hosted G4 Network’s Attack of the Show, and has also appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, The Insider, Deal or No Deal, Project Runway, Family Feud, VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown, Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, Best Damn Sports Show, Red Eye, Sunset Tan, Swallow: The Series, Cubed and The Today Show. In September 2011, Kanellis launched a DVD line in conjunction with Code Red DVD, called Maria’s B Movie Mayhem. She released her debut musical album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010 on iTunes, which she described as rock music with a combination of glamour, twisted lyrics and sex appeal. In January 2014, Kanellis and Mike Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland. In film, she appeared in 2012’s Mother Hen as well as the 2014 small-budget indie film The Opposite Sex, and in 2013, she starred in Army of the Damned, alongside fellow wrestlers Tommy Dreamer and Thea Trinidad.

Before her career in wrestling began, Kanellis regularly competed in beauty pageants. In March 2011, she launched her own perfume line called Signature. Kanellis is very active with philanthropy, and supports various charitable organizations, including Generation Rescue, Paws For Style, St. Jude’s Children Hospital and The Kentucky Humane Society. In 2008, Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked Kanellis twenty-first out of the top fifty female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50.

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A rare gem who seems to get more and more comely with every year that passes, truth be told, we’ve been fans of the lovely Maria Kanellis long before her days of antagonizing Sara Del Ray et al, within the four walls of the Ring of Honor production. In terms of her onscreen antics, few can deny that Miss Kanellis has taken an otherwise very high bar and raised it even higher, once she began strutting her stuff inside the Impact Zone as the leader of The Lady Squad, as well as the self proclaimed First Lady of Professional Wrestling. In fact, until recently, many would have argued that the biggest mistake Donald Trump ever made, was firing this former Knockout’s Champion from The Celebrity Apprentice, for the same exact “locker room talk” he himself likes to share before popping a Tic-Tac on production busses.

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