Wizard World is here through Sunday. While I am ensconced in pop culture madness, I will be reporting on Facebook, but I am recalling previous years here.
Maria Kanellis placed fifth in the WWE Diva Search in 2004, but she was signed to a contract anyway. She since has bounced around a bit between companies. She one the Impact Knockouts title once and won a WWE Slammy award for being the Diva of the Year in 2009.
Marie has been a popular figure on the wrestling scene, despite not beibg in the title picture very often. Her and husband Mike are currently back with the WWE.
She isn't limited to just the wrestling world though. She has ventured into acting, singing and owning an event design company. She is building quite an empire.
Maria was in especially good spirits at Wizard World in 2011. Doing such conventions near her hometown allows so many of her family and friends to visit. Chicago is a huge wrestling town and we really embrace our own.
Now that she is back with the WWE, I am hoping she will be one of their represetatives at Wizard World. It has been a long time since I have seen her.
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Matt, Maria Kanellis, Jason and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2011.