Maria Kanellis or Mary Louis Kanellis is the American professional wrestler of WWE. She is currently the manager (valet) of her husband Mike Kanellis on the Smackdown brand. She is also a singer and actress. She has competed on various wrestling platforms and also worked backstage. Her experience is vast and there have been many who have also trained under her.
Allie narrates her experience
The Canadian professional wrestler Allie or Laura Dennis was also under her tutelage. Allie will now be competing with Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Sienna at the Bound for Glory match.
In 2016, Allie and Sienna were both working under Maria Kanellis. Allie was subjected frequently to embarrassment by deliberately being made to lose the Knockouts championship to Maria and lying down in the ring. But Allie now looks at the positive side of it and stated:
“First and foremost, working with Maria, I learned a lot working with her. I learned a lot about myself, about what I can bring to the table, what I have to offer. Even though she was vile and mean and horrible, she actually brought the best out of me and I’m actually very thankful that I had to go through all of that because it made me a stronger person and it made me work that much harder to prove myself in Impact.”
About Maria Kanellis
Maria was born on 25 February 1982 in Ottawa, Illinois. Her parents are from Sparta and she has a Greek ethnicity. She has a younger brother Bill and a younger sister Janny. During her growing years, she enjoyed sports such as volleyball, basketball, and softball. She completed her schooling from Ottawa Township High School in 2000.
She then enrolled at the Northern Illinois University. She used to take part in beauty pageants.
In 2013, Maria received a Talent scholarship from WWE. She utilized it to procure a degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management from Johnson and Wales University which she completed in May 2017.
Maria Kanellis’s career
Maria competed in the Diva search in 2004 and emerged in the fifth position. She was hired by the Company. She first appeared in the Ohio Valley Wrestling and later was put on the Raw Brand Roster. Here she started as a backstage interviewer and host of WWE KissCam in 2004. She had to give a touch of anger and humor to the whole interview.
In 2005, she stepped into the ring. Her first match was a defeat. She again participated in a number of title matches but could not win them. She again took to backstage interviewing for some time. She was then put in a match and the winner was to get to be on Playboy cover. Maria turned out to be the winner and earned the right to be on Playboy cover.
She did other feuds as well. She has also been featured on some reality shows and done one EP.
In 2008, she was drafted to the Smackdown brand. She played several matches for them. She took some time off from the matches to film for Celebrity Apprentice. She also later took part in the Ring of Honor Battle. She won her first professional championship in 2012. She also wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling championship and the TNA Wrestling.
She had a broken hand during the TNA match and had to quit. She came to WWE in 2017. She then took leave in September for her pregnancy.
Maria Kanellis’s pregnancy
Maria announced in September 2017 that she is taking leave for her pregnancy. So who is her husband? Maria had been married to Mike Bennett on 10 October 2014. She was dating him since 2011 and had made their relationship public in December 2011 in an interview. She earlier had dated fellow wrestler CM Punk.
Maria is pregnant with her first child with Mike and hence is presently not in active wrestling. She serves as the manager for her husband.
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