Name: Mary Louise Kanellis
Born: February 25, 1982
Occupation: Professional wrestler, musician and actress
Maria Kanellis was born in Ottawa, Illinois on February 25, 1982. She has two siblings, Bill and Janny.
In 2000, Maria graduated from Ottawa Township High School. Upon graduation, Maria enrolled at Northern Illinois University. Maria also graduated from Johnson & Wales University in May 2017, obtaining a degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management. Throughout her education, she regularly participated in basketball, softball and volleyball. Her biggest passion was competing in beauty pageants.
During her career in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Maria was in a relationship with CM Punk. She then started dating Mike Bennett in 2011. They were engaged soon after and were married in October 2014. The couple currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island.
Maria was first introduced to WWE audiences in 2004 when she signed up for the company’s Diva Search. She was placed fifth overall but was still signed to a contract by the wrestling promotion. Maria was sent to the company’s developmental system, which was deemed as a success because she was sent to the main roster soon afterwards.
At first, Maria portrayed a ditzy backstage interviewer, but later began to compete in the ring. Between 2006 and 2010, Maria entered into various feuds, including with Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Ashley Massaro, Michelle McCool and Melina. Maria was released from her contract in February 2010.
Between 2011 and 2016, Maria signed with Ring of Honor (ROH), where she met Mike Bennett. During this time, Maria also performed for other promotions, like New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Family Wrestling Entertainment (FEW) and Chikara. Her contract with ROH was up in 2015 so she and her husband went to Total Nonstop Action (TNA), a run that lasted only a year.
In June 2017, Maria returned to WWE, alongside her husband, at Money in the Bank. They are exclusively competing on SmackDown! Live.
Maria has been a multimedia sensation, delving into a wide array of projects. She has appeared in several films and television shows, including “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Opposite Sex,” “Project Runway,” “Sunset Tan” and “The Santa Files.” In 2010, Maria released her debut album called “Seven Sins.” She also hosts a podcast with her husband titled “Mike & Maria in Wonderland.”
We estimate that Maria Kanellis’s net worth is $3 million (2017).
So how much is $3 million really?
$3 million can help you launch your own pro-wrestling promotion. $3 million can also pay for the contracts of several WWE performers.