MARIA KANELLIS TRAINING
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
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
Jack Swagger
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
El Torito
One of the ideas being tossed around right now backstage in WWE is to have Hornswoggle and El Torito wrestling one another on a pretty frequent basis. The two of them will be featured on Smackdown this week, and there could be more matches coming up. WWE had the two of them training together for a couple of weeks to ensure that the match quality is decent.
April 17, 2014
Mick Foley
"He was an intense guy, and he was a perfectionist. His career was based on looking as good as possible. That meant eating as good as possible, training as hard as possible, avoiding anything that a normal human being might reach out to in their everyday culinary affairs." - Mick Foley on the diet that Ultimate Warrior had
April 17, 2014
Sting
After the death of the Ultimate Warrior, Sting took to social media to express his grief. The legendary NWA star also posted this picture of the two of them together before they became professional wrestlers. Sting noted that this was right when they were about to start training to become future hall of fame stars in the business.
April 10, 2014
Bo Dallas
A video teasing the return of Bo Dallas to the main roster. WWE attempted to bring him up once, but they quickly changed their mind and sent him back down to developmental for further training. WWE will be using the "Bo-lieve" gimmick that he helped him gain a following down in WWE NXT.
April 10, 2014
Andre the Giant
While he has been training especially hard over the last couple of months to make it happen, it is being said that the biggest reason why Brodus Clay is being given a match at Wrestlemania 30, where he will be a participant in the Andre the Giant battle royal, is because of his involvement in the new Scooby Doo movie that WWE is promoting.
March 26, 2014
LeiD Tapa
Proving that she is far from done with the professional wrestling business, LeiD Tapa immediately has gone back to work after receiving her release from TNA. The former Knockout is back in OVW, where she is receiving further training and experience. Many within the company are praising her for the determination that she is showing.
March 26, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Despite being one of the best performers in the history of professional wrestling, Ric Flair has opted against training others in the art of the game. In fact, the former NWA champion has only formally trained one person in his career. That man is Stan Lane, who formed the legendary Midnight Express tag team with Bobby Eaton during the 1980s.
March 20, 2014
Taylor Wilde
When she walked away from professional wrestling a couple of years ago, the belief was that Taylor Wilde was open to a possible return some day. When asked about it recently on Twitter, Taylor confirmed just that, as she stated that she would be willing to return to TNA if the contract was favorable. The former Knockouts champion has been training to be a firefighter as of late.
March 14, 2014
Michelle McCool
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
Dixie Carter
After his big MMA fight in May against King Mo, Rampage Jackson will start training for professional wrestling. Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of Bellator, stated that he has hired coaches and trainers to come in and teach Jackson the finer points of being a wrestler. He also noted that he keeps in contact with Dixie Carter, so Jackson will be working with TNA again soon.
March 13, 2014
Miz
Aside from the hectic schedule that she does for WWE and Total Divas, Summer Rae is also having to find time to do weapons training. She has a part in the fourth Marine movie, starring the Miz, and she will be required to shoot guns for the film. Summer has been receiving training at a location in Burbank.
March 13, 2014
Seth Rollins
"I mean I started training in a shipping warehouse, and I'm in Wrestlemania XXX this year, in front of millions of people worldwide, you know? I spent a few years cutting my teeth in the Midwest, I worked for Ring of Honor, then I went down to Florida and relearned everything there. It wasn't different, but the crowds are bigger now. The paychecks are nicer, but that's not really why I do it, so it doesn't make much of a difference for me." - Seth Rollins talks about being in Wrestlemania 30
March 7, 2014
Jeff Hardy
After taking a much needed break to heal up his body, Shannon Moore has now started training again, and he has stated that he would like to make a come back to professional wrestling. His good friends Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy and Shane Helms recently drew in a packed house at an independent wrestling show, so a group tour could be an option.
February 28, 2014
Angelo Dawkins
The demotion of Brodus Clay seems to be getting worse and worse. Aside from being pulled from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, he has been working in the developmental program as of late, training with Bill DeMott. Clay worked a match for WWE NXT and actually put over Angelo Dawkins. Generally, main roster guys are the ones getting the victories.
February 24, 2014
AJ Lee
There are talks that WWE could add a divas match at the last minute to the Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view. AJ Lee would obviously be one of the contestants since she still holds the belt. Cameron is a possible challenger, as the company created some teaser graphics involving her recently. Natalya Neidhart has stated that she is training for the event, so she is a candidate as well.
February 23, 2014
Bill DeMott
While his dreams of working at Wrestlemania 30 might be in jeopardy, that has not stopped Brodus Clay from trying. He has been training with Bill DeMott, the head trainer for WWE, down in developmental as of late. No word yet on when he will return to Monday Night Raw or Smackdown.
February 21, 2014
Darren Young
While they were in Colorado Springs for the Smackdown taping this week, Darren Young and Mark Henry decided to train together at the Olympic Training Center. This was the facility that Henry utilized years ago when he was an Olympic athlete.
February 20, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
Since he left WWE a couple of years back, Vladimir Kozlov has been doing a little MMA training and a little acting. Based on his Twitter account, however, it seems like his full time job is living, as he is constantly posting pictures of himself at various social functions. He posted this picture recently of himself and his attractive girlfriend.
February 19, 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
Maria Kanellis
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
Nikki Bella
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
Maria Kanellis

"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
Mike Bennett

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