Maria’s part time job as a WWE fan and Diva

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Menounos is a 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) where Menounos got the win for her team by pinning Phoenix.

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.

On April 6, 2013, at Madison Square Garden, Menounos inducted Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. On August 18, 2013 at Summerslam Axxess, she team up with Natalya to defeat Brie Bella and Eva Marie.

On August 17, 2014, Menounos was seen at the SummerSlam pay-per-view, appearing in the crowd and later in a backstage segment with Stephanie McMahon, who accepted Menounos’s challenge for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Menounos was actually nominated in the first place by McMahon’s father and chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon.

She has also hosted the WWE Hall of Fame red carpet pre-show for two years in a row, in 2014 and 2015. She also appeared during the event as a guest backstage interviewer for WrestleMania 31.

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Note from Maria:

As a wrestling fan, I was so sad to hear about Dusty Rhodes passing right after WrestleMania 31. This is my tribute to him. May he rest in peace. Love Maria