Model, centerfold, wrestler....Maria Kanellis has worn many different hats in her life and at "Final Battle 2011" she added one more to her collection: Ring of Honor Star. That night, in front of an NYC crowd that hates him, she accompanied her then-boyfriend Michael Bennett to the ring in his Television Championship bout against Jay Lethal & El Generico. Ever since, Maria has made very clear that she is more than just an accessory for Bennett. ROH's "power couple" has stayed united despite the turmoil and constant struggles of life as a professional wrestler. If anything, their journey has made them an ever stronger - and far more dangerous - duo.
ROH fans have come to realize Maria's true abilities as a strategist as The First Lady of ROH. Under her guidance, Michael Bennett, Matt Taven, and Adam Cole formed The Kingdom. Taven and Bennett have had remarkable success as a team, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Maria has orchestrated international opportunities for the entire Kingdom, and their future seems destined for more and more gold.
Maria Kanellis has always been a major star in professional wrestling, but that success is that much sweeter today now that she's calling the shots as the First Lady of ROH.