Maria Kanellis Wins First Wrestling Championship

Maria and opponent Tara pose before the show.

Former WWE Diva turned ROH star Maria Kanellis returned to the ring last night on her 30th birthday — and scored her first championship in wrestling.

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Maria returned to the ring for the first time in two years and took part in her first match since being released by WWE. She took part in a four woman tournament to crown Family Wrestling Entertainment’s first-ever Women’s Champion at their ‘No Limits’ event at St Paul’s Hall in New York City.

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Results below courtesy of PWInsider.

* First round: Winter vs. Brooke Tessmacher: Described as a “short but decent opener” match, Winter scored the win to advance to the finals when she caught Tessmacher off a flying body press and hit her with a gutbuster.

* First round: Maria Kanellis vs. Tara: Maria defeated Tara when Winter interfered. Tara had the victory in her grasp – with Maria set up for the devastating Widow’s Peak  – when Winter made her presence known, leading to a face-off with her fellow TNA Knockout. Maria then proceeded to roll Tara up for the win! The match was rated as “fine” but with a “goofy finish”.

* Finals: Winter vs. Maria Kanellis: Said to be an “OK” match, Winter took control early on, with Kanellis later making a big comeback. Kanellis’ comeback got cut short when she was elevated and dropped onto the top turnbuckle by Winter, but Tessmacher made a second appearance and distracted the referee… which allowed for Tara to hit Winter with the Widow’s Peak, paying her back for her interference earlier in the evening. Maria then covered Winter for the victory and to be crowned the first-ever FWE Women’s Champion!

Congratulations to Maria and a happy birthday!

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Congratulations to Maria! I never could really get behind her in wwe .. I did think she was fit for the women’s Championship more than the Divas Championship

    • iLUVwrestlingValets

      Dont you mean the other way around. Lol

      • art

        iLUVwrestlingValets Agree…

  • Mata

    I wanna watch the matches! :(

    Congrats to my fave diva of all time MARIA :D

  • EveLover

    Congrats to her. I hope the matches were recorded, I want to see if maria has improved.

    • oppi89

      Me too!!

  • josh101

    Congrats to her now she can finally say she won a championship.

  • Jhonmarco

    Big congrats to Maria, regardless if she’s improved or not she’s earned my respect by returning & training hard. Very few “diva search” girls do this, even though she did have a passion for the business.


    Yes! Yes! Yes! Ive always loved Maria!!! She’s beautiful, passionate and has so much to offer! xoxo!!

  • bromero329

    so this isn’t roh?

  • oppi89

    That is so awesome i really hope someone recorded the matches would love to watch all three of them 4 of my favorite former divas with my all time favorite Diva scoring her first championship! Big congrats to Maria!

    • oppi89

      Oh & Happy 30th to her aswell! probably the best present she could have asked for

  • SweeneyTodd

    LOL. One of the worst female worker of wwe history is champion.

    • redsandman99

      While her in ring work never really impressed me, sad thing is, she’s better than some of the women that were actually champions in WWE.

  • iLUVwrestlingValets

    Congrats to Maria. She may not be the best wrestler, but she most certaintly isnt the worst,( personally i’ve never seen her botch) but she most certaintly has a passion for it.

    • Cookie

      she made botched only one time breaking maryse nose with bull dog in 08.

  • Raekon

    All the matches sound fun and it was great to see all 4 featured greatly (due to the interferances left and right :p).

    Happy Birthday again Maria and congrats on the title! :)

  • Teri

    Congrats on the title win :)

    • Jhonmarco

      You NEED to check out the thread about Trish with 329 comments! Just for the comments…

      • Teri

        haha yeah, havent had time to catch up on my diva dirt craziness lately, but i’ll be sure to check that out now loool

        • Jhonmarco

          Your mentioned in some of the comments :p the raw response thread will be pure madness!

  • GailKim95

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Maria so much and it is so great that she finally won a championship and to be the first ever too is quite an honor! It sounds like all the girls did great and even though i love all 4 all the controversial finishes were kind of annoying. I wanted Maria to hit her finisher on somebody because i heard she has a new one, its like a sitout Rock Bottom. Hopefully someone taped it so i can watch it!

  • Blonde Bombshell

    Congrats to her! :)

  • Jcott3

    Nice, but I would have liked it better if Maria had won on her own. Having TNT help her kind of taints it.