MARIA KANELLIS GIMMICK
Name
Maria Kanellis
Real Name
Maria Kanellis
Date of Birth
February 25, 1982
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2004
Fandango
Over the last couple of weeks, fans have noticed that Fandango has been absent from WWE television shows. That naturally lead to some rumors about his release. The dancing star is just fine. Fandango revealed that he has modified his gimmick a bit and will be making his return at the Survivor Series 2014 kickoff show. His character will also be picking up Rosa Mendes as his new valet.
November 18, 2014
Big E Langston
Those that watched Monday Night Raw this week, saw an interesting video that showcased a repackaged Xavier Woods. While the new gimmick has drawn some criticism from certain fans, it has also sparked curiosity about the long rumored stable with Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. The latter two were not featured in the video. There is still a chance that WWE repackages Kingston and Langston as well.
November 4, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
In a rather interesting bit of business news, the Honky Tonk Man has revealed that he owns the trademark to the Patriot gimmick, which was used in WCW and WWE. He stated that he has owned it since 2007, which means that Del Wilkes, who has continued to use the gimmick on the independent wrestling circuit over the years, could be legally forced to find a new character to portray.
November 1, 2014
Aksana
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
Anyone that has followed WWE for a couple of years already knows that things are pretty hectic from January through April. It looks like management is looking to alleviate some of the clutter by removing the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Vince McMahon still loves the gimmick, however, so the cage match might be moved towards the summer or fall.
October 26, 2014
Brie Bella
There were rumors floating around not too long ago that Nikki Bella and Brie Bella were going to work in the gigantic steel structure at Hell in a Cell 2014, but it looks like WWE has opted against that. The story simply is not heated enough for the two of them to work such a gimmick match, and there are a lot of concerns about performance and safety.
October 9, 2014
Vince McMahon
Back in 2011, WWE needed a marketing gimmick for the Royal Rumble, so the company decided to add another ten competitors and brand the event as being the biggest ever. Management is going back to the well again for Royal Rumble 2015. Vince McMahon and company have decided to go with a 40 man battle royal this time around, and a lot of surprise appearances are expected.
October 8, 2014
Tito Santana
During a recent and rare interview, Tito Santana bashed WWE for not pushing his El Matador gimmick. He stated that he was not initially crazy about the idea, but he was still dedicated enough to travel down to Mexico to learn to be an actual bullfighter. Santana felt that the gimmick was very much over with the audience, so he feels that WWE missed an opportunity by not pushing him into the main event scene.
October 6, 2014
Brie Bella
Some crazy rumors are floating around right now about Nikki Bella and Brie Bella competing in a Hell in a Cell match at Hell in a Cell 2014. WWE is extremely unlikely to do this because they do want their female performers in gimmick matches that might cause severe injury, but the rumors have some merit because it was revealed by an insider who has accurately broken the news on a couple of things in the past.
September 29, 2014
Cody Rhodes
On Night of Champions 2014, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso for the WWE tag team championship. Rumors are floating around that management felt that the twins had grown stale because they ran out of teams to defend the titles again. Plus, Rhodes has really been getting into his Stardust character, so the front office wants to see if the gimmick can pick up further steam with a championship push.
September 22, 2014
Bray Wyatt
It looks like the feud between Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt will be continuing for another month. As of right now, WWE has the two of them penciled in for some sort of gimmick match at Night of Champions 2014. Each man has a victory on pay per view against the other, but the belief is that Jericho will be putting Wyatt over before taking off to focus on his music again.
August 19, 2014
Kane
After 17 years of portraying the character, Kane might be receiving a new gimmick soon. Rumors have been floating around that he might be bringing the Jacob Goodnight character from the See No Evil movie series to WWE television. The belief is that management wanted to make it easier to promote the film. Some feel that the story line started when Kane handed over his mask to Stephanie McMahon on the last episode of Monday Night Raw.
August 7, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While the company would probably never admit it, there are those that believe that WWE is simply setting up Alexander Rusev for a potential feud with Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist has openly talked about leaving TNA and returning to WWE for quite some time now. His patriotic gimmick would be a perfect foil for the evil pro Russian character.
August 3, 2014
Damien Sandow
Since he has shown a willingness to not only do what is asked of him but to actually put in great effort in doing so, Damien Sandow has been earning a good amount of praise backstage by his peers in WWE. They are impressed by the fact that he has not grown frustrated with the new gimmick. Unfortunately for Sandow, though, management does not feel that he deserves a real push at the moment.
July 28, 2014
Jerry Lawler
While he receives a bad rap from a lot of fans due to WWE giving him a heavyweight championship run a couple of years back, Miz is actually very much a student of the game. He has remained motivated despite not being given a push in a while. Miz has also been studying legendary actor Andy Kaufman, who will forever have a place in wrestling history thanks to his memorable story line with Jerry Lawler during the 1980s, so that he can improve his gimmick and character.
July 19, 2014
Damien Sandow
Rumors going around right now is that the impersonation gimmick that Damien Sandow has been doing is basically a way for the creative department to appease Vince McMahon, who has been known to find humor in stuff like this. To his credit, Sandow has embraced the role, in hopes that it will convince WWE to finally give him the push that he deserves.
July 7, 2014
Roman Reigns
By now, it's already clear to many that Triple H wants to put Roman Reigns over and make him a main event performer in WWE. However, that might not necessarily be happening overnight. Rumors are floating around that their big match will take place at Summerslam 2014. That might not be the last one. The belief is that this feud will be stretched out and could possible involve a big gimmick match of some sort before the year ends.
July 7, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In a match that was slightly held in higher regards than a filler match, Goldust and Cody Rhodes, who worked under his Stardust gimmick again, defeated Curtis Axel, who was sporting a ridiculous looking singlet, and Ryback. The match was designed to highlight the Stardust character. Since there was a little bit of action after the match, there is a chance that WWE could be continuing this feud.
June 29, 2014
Miz
While it has yet to reach television, the heel turn for the Miz has been going for a couple of weeks now at WWE live events. It also appears that he will be given a new gimmick to work with upon his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Miz has been testing out a new heel persona, where he plays a cocky movie star. It's a play on real life, as the former WWE champion recently completed a new film.
June 22, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I'm slightly older than Cody, we're talking three years or something like that, but in his head I'm a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named 'Bad News Barrett' who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let's just do Bad News Barrett. I'll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase 'I'm afraid I've got some bad news' and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I'm on TV doing it." - Wade Barrett explaining how his new gimmick in WWE came ot be
June 16, 2014
Mike Bennett
Friday was a big day for Maria Kanellis. She is now a married woman. For those of you that do not know, her husband is ROH star Mike Bennett, whom she has been dating for approximately three years now. There were talks of WWE bringing him into their developmental program a while back, but nothing has surfaced since then, so the belief is that the ship has sailed on that.
October 11, 2014
Maria Kanellis
A selfie picture of former WWE diva Maria Kanellis before she does her workout for the day.
June 14, 2014
Maria Kanellis
"I got pulled over on the way to a show, and the guy took my car away from me (she did not realize she had a speeding ticket out that had not been paid). Here I was with my rental car and they took it away from me, they said I couldn't drive. I was like ok, cool. The cop leaves me on the side of the road. Me, my two big bags, and my dog Gemini. Here I am on the side of the road. Here comes the Hardy Boyz! Flying down the highway. I get a phone call, 'Maria, was that you on the side of the road?' Yeah, it was me. Matt was on the phone. Matt's like, 'We're coming to get ya!' I'm like, 'Ok good!' Here comes Matt, picks me up, and we keep going. So, The Hardy's are my angels." - Maria Kanellis tells a story about how Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy saved her
May 6, 2014
Mickie James
A picture of Maria Kanellis, Melina Perez and Mickie James working a lingerie match in WWE.
May 3, 2014
Maria Kanellis
A selfie picture from Maria Kanellis, where the former WWE diva shows us what she wears to school. Since she is planning for life after professional wrestling, Maria recently made her return to college.
April 25, 2014
Maryse Ouellet
A picture of Maryse Ouellet and Maria Kanellis in their sexy dresses at WrestleCon in New Orleans. Maryse is expected to be backstage at Wrestlemania 30 this weekend, while Maria is still an uncertainty.
April 6, 2014
Brie Bella
A couple of former WWE divas will be in New Orleans this weekend, and one of them is Maria Kanellis, who has been booked by WrestleCon to meet and greet with fans. While she has attempted to make up with Nikki Bella and Brie Bella recently, it is uncertain if she will be invited backstage at Wrestlemania 30 itself.
April 5, 2014
Maria Kanellis
While her real life feud with Nikki Bella and Brie Bella was very much publicized over this past year, it now appears that Maria Kanellis has decided to move on. She posted this message on Twitter to let WWE fans know that.
February 13, 2014
John Cena

"John Cena was always very sweet to me. We had breakfast together on numerous occasions when we were on overseas tours. I don't know what he is like now but back then I considered him a friend."

- Maria Kanellis on John Cena backstage

January 26, 2014
Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis is the latest professional wrestler to do a podcast show. She is doing the show with her fiancee and ROH star Mike Bennett, in order to raise their stock with wrestling fans. The couple has managed to get their show distributed through iTunes.

January 24, 2014
Maria Kanellis

Former WWE diva and current ROH star Maria Kanellis posted her engagement picture with Mike Bennett.

January 9, 2014
Maria Kanellis

The podcast craze has been catching on in the world of professional wrestling. Maria Kanellis has decided to make her debut in that genre. The former WWE diva will be hosting the show with her fiance and Ring of Honor star Mike Bennett.

January 3, 2014
Maria Kanellis

"TNA called me twice this year, I think they're a great company but I'm loving my time in ROH and I'm definitely happy with my fiancée. Who knows if that will ever change, but I wish TNA all the best in the world, I think the girls there are tremendous."

December 13, 2013
Maria Kanellis

"I'm kind of an underground Paul Heyman girl and he is what really inspired the ditsy character, he really inspired me to do the things that I did at WWE. I'm an admirer of his work, I think what he has done with so many guys and throughout ECW was incredible. When I was in OVW I just watched him as he helped CM Punk every day, Punk was already incredible but then Paul Heyman kind of pushed him over the edge and gave him that opportunity on ECW to be who he is today."

December 13, 2013
Nikki Bella

Maria Kanellis has revealed that the father of the Bella Twins has called her and instructed her to stop bad mouthing his daughters. The former WWE diva also revealed that her father has gotten into an argument with the twins' father as well.

December 12, 2013
Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis has revealed that while she is pursuing her college degree, she's also going to be going after a certificate for graphics design as well.

December 2, 2013
Maria Kanellis

Former WWE diva Maria Kanellis has revealed that she is going back to school to study film.

November 5, 2013
Maria Kanellis
In a rather surprising move, WWE has decided to release Maria Kanellis from her contract. The move is a bit unexpected as she was recently voted by fans as the Diva of the Year. Plus, she has an upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. The belief is that management is upset with her desire to pursue outside business opportunities.
February 26, 2010