Maria Menounos (June 8, 1978) is an American actress, journalist, television presenter and occasional professional wrestler. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
World Wrestling Entertainment Edit
Feud with Beth Phoenix (2009-2012) Edit
Menounos is a known long-time WWE fan and has made several appearances with the promotion. Menounos' first appearance came on October 12, 2009 when Menounos joined Nancy O'Dell in guest hosting WWE Raw. She made her in-ring debut that night in a six-Diva tag team match with Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly against Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, and Rosa Mendes; Menounos's team was victorious, with the match highlighted by Menounos slapping the much larger-statured Phoenix.
On December 11, 2011, at WWE Tribute to the Troops, Menounos returned and teamed with Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, and Kelly Kelly to defeat the team of The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki) and The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya). Menounos continued her feud with WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix after Phoenix and Eve Torres interrupted an interview segment with Kelly Kelly on Extra. This led to tag team match at Wrestlemania XXVIII with Menounos teaming with Kelly Kelly to take on Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres. Despite legitimately suffering two cracked ribs during practice for Dancing with the Stars before the match, Menounos and Kelly were successful in defeating Phoenix and Eve on April 1, 2012, at Wrestlemania, with Menounos pinning Phoenix for the win.
Heel Turn; Guest Appearances (2012-2013) Edit
Maria briefly turned heel on the 14th season of Dancing With the Stars, portraying a villainous vampiress in her dancing performance with Derek Hough. The performance, which resulted in a perfect score, ended with the evil Maria "biting" Hough. Maria finished in fourth place in the 2012 season.
On April 6, 2013, at Madison Square Garden, Menounos inducted Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. On August 18 at Summerslam Axxess, Menounos teamed with Natalya to defeat Brie Bella and Eva Marie.