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Melina Nava Perez (born March 9, 1979) is an American professional wrestler and model. She is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Melina. She currently wrestles for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). In 2000, Perez began training to be a professional wrestler at Jesse Hernandez 's School of Hard Knocks, and made her debut in 2001.
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Melina Perez was born on March 9, 1979 in High Desert, California, USA as Melina Nava Perez. She is an actress, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), Lucha Underground (2014) and WWE Raw (1993). See full bio »
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- Early Career
- World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
- Independent Circuit and International Tour
- Lucha Underground
- Return to The Independent Circuit
- Return to WWE
Perez began her career as a model. She won a Miss California beauty contest and also modeled athletic wear for Nike. She decided to become a professional wrestler after talking to Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) superstar Mike Henderson in 2000. Perez started training at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino, California and made her professional debut in April 2002. She joined a number of California-based promotions such as the EWF, where she wrestled under the ring name Kyra, and CRUSH, as Melanie Little Deer. Many EWF officials stated that she had the most natural ability of any woman who came through their school. In late 2002 Perez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment's reality show Tough Enough III, making it through to the final 21 before being eliminated from the competition in the final cut of the first episode. After she was eliminated from the contest, trainer Al Snowpulled Perez aside and encouraged her to keep trying to pursue her dream as a...
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Perez debuted in WWE's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in March 2004, being placed in an angle as John Hennigan's ex-girlfriend. The storyline had Matt Cappotelli introduce her to the ring as a way to taunt Hennigan. Melina, however, turned on Cappotelli and aligned herself with Hennigan, who later changed his ring name to Johnny Nitro. Soon after, Melina and Nitro began teaming with Joey Matthews, later known as Joey Mercury. The trio became known as MNM and on November 1...
1. Main article: MNM Melina debuted as the villainous manager of MNM on the April 14, 2005 edition of SmackDown!. The team interrupted the first ever Carlito's Cabana interview segment, where one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio, was a guest. Melina insulted Mysterio and had Mercury and Nitro attack him, leading to MNM's in-ring debut the next week on SmackDown! in a title match. The team was booked to win the match against Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, starting their first WWE...
Singles competition and Women's Champion
After Melina's arrival on Raw, Mick Foley began to mention her in promos, playing on their real friendship mentioned in his WWE.com columns, and they soon formed an on-screen friendship. At SummerSlam, Melina was involved in Foley's "I Quit" match against Ric Flairwhen Flair threatened to hit her with a barbed wire baseball bat, causing Foley to quit the match to save her. The next night on Raw, the storyline had Vince McMahon order Foley to join the Kiss My Ass club. Foley did not care about...
On November 19, 2011, Melina wrestled her first match outside of the WWE by defeating Lexxus (replacing Serena Deeb) at Women Superstars Uncensored's Breaking Barriers II event. Perez appeared on the World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX) Champions Showcase Tour in Manila, Philippines on February 4, 2012, where she wrestled under her real name. On February 5, 2012 episode of WWFX, Melina defeated former WWE Diva Jillian Hall. Melina appeared at the Family Wrestling Entertainment event, signing autographs and serving as Eric Young's valet as he became the new FWE Heavyweight Champion. At the Empire City Showdown, on August 20, Melina made her debut for Family Wrestling Entertainment in a segment with Charlie and Jackie Haas. On April 28 edition of FWE Television, Melina was defeated by Winter with Lita as the special guest referee to retain the FWE Women's Championship. Melina debuted for Northeast Wrestling as a heel on March 23, 2012, defeating Velvet Skyin singles action. On the fol...
Melina debuted for Lucha Underground at the Ultima Lucha season finale on August 5, 2015 and attacked Alberto El Patronto allow Johnny Mundo to win their match, establishing herself as a heel.
On June 19, 2015, Melina appeared at Maryland Championship Wrestling's Ladies Night event as the Outside Enforcer in the MCW Women's Championship main event match between champion Amber Rodriguezand challenger Mickie James; returning to the independent circuit after a three-year hiatus. Melina established herself as a villainess by attacking James during the match, but was later attacked by referee Lisa Marie Varon, after which James captured the title. On October 16, 2015, Melina made her debut for Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, during their first American tour in Covina, California. In her first match in three years, Melina teamed with Santana Garrett in a victorious effort against Hudson Envy and Thunder Rosa. On June 20, 2016, Melina announced her official in-ring return at Southside Wrestling Entertainment (SWE), taking part at SWE's Queen of The Ring tournament. She made her official in-ring return on October 1 in a tag team match at SWE Speed King 2016, teaming...
On July 22, 2019, Melina returned to WWE for the first time since August 2011 at the Raw Reunion special, She appeared in a backstage segment with Candice Michelle, Naomi, and Kelly Kelly, who won the WWE 24-7 Championship, and revealed herself as a referee, leading to Candice turning villainous by attacking Kelly and winning the title. Melina also officiated when Alundra Blayzelater defeated Candice to capture the title.
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Apr 28, 2021 · Melina Perez – Early Life Melina Perez also is known as Melina Nava Perez stepped into this planet on March 9, 1979, at High Desert, California. She has a Mexican American race but with an American nationality. She can speak fluently in Mexican as well as the English language.
Jun 18, 2020 · Melina Perez trained for wrestling at Jesse Hernandez’s School of Hard Knocks in California.. Melina Perez was one of the last people cut in the tryouts for the house for Tough Enough 3 (where she met John Hennigan). WWE Developmental (Ohio Valley Wrestling):
Jan 24, 2016 · Melina Nava Perez celebrated as Melina Perez or Kyra is a former American professional wrestler. During her wrestling career, she has wrestled for WWE and many independent circuits. Besides wrestling, she is also known as a model, a valet, and an actress. As of 2021, Melina Perez has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Melina Perez; Melina Perez by Daniel Garriga; Melina Perez, Self Assignment, January 28, 2006 Melina Ayres of the Victory looks on during the round eight W-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Melbourne Victory at the Gold Coast...
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