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Maria Louis Kanellis-Bennett (born February 25, 1982)[1] is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, actress, model and singer currently signed to WWE under the ring name Maria Kanellis, where she is the manager to real-life husband Mike Kanellis and occasionally performs.

She is best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ring of Honor (ROH). Also, she worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where she is a one-time TNA Knockouts Champion. Kanellis' career began as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004. In the same year, she placed fifth in the Diva Search, later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a professional wrestler in 2005. She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010.

Kanellis's career began as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004. In the same year, she placed fifth in the Raw Diva Search, but was later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a wrestler in 2005. She also posed for the April 2008 cover of Playboy magazine, which was incorporated into a storyline on Raw. She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010 on iTunes.

On January 5, 2016, during Impact Wrestling's premiere on Pop TV, Maria made her debut as a heel introducing her husband as "The Miracle" Mike Bennett. 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 and on September 1 2016 she crowned herself Knockouts Champion.

On June 18, 2017, Kanellis returned to WWE alongside her husband Mike Kanellis in his WWE debut at WWE Money in the Bank 2017, establishing the Kanellis couple as heels for the first time in Maria's WWE career. On the July 18 episode of SmackDown, Maria helped Mike defeat Sami Zayn in his WWE debut match. On the July 29 2019 episode of Raw, after Mike had won the WWE 24/7 Championship from R-Truth, he hid from a crowd of male wrestlers in their locker room. Maria instructed Mike to lay on his back, put her foot on him and won the belt, becoming the first pregnant champion in WWE history.

See Also

TNA Alumni, WWE

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