Maria, however, lost in the semi-finals of the Tournament against Lita.
On the January 1, 2007 edition of Raw, Maria attempted to interview Kevin Federline but was instead slapped by Melina and called a "bitch".
During a commercial break that night, Vince Mc Mahon announced a Bra & Panties Gauntlet match for New Year's Revolution between all five girls that had previously been in the ring.
At New Year's Revolution, Maria was the first to enter the Gauntlet match and eliminated Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson before being eliminated by Victoria. Maria teamed with John Cena (who, earlier that evening, had kissed her to calm her nerves) to take on Edge and Lita in the main event on the February 6 edition of Raw.
In 2005, Maria began to get very physical—in and out of the ring.
She quickly earned a reputation as the oblivious backstage reporter — Maria seemed to ask the wrong questions, irritating and amusing WWE Superstars and Divas.
This led to a match between the two later that night, with Melina winning with a Roll-up following a failed attempt at a dropkick.
At New Year's Revolution, Maria and Candice Michelle ran to the ring during the Women's Championship match between Victoria and Mickie James to stop Melina from interfering, helping their friend Mickie to retain the championship.
Kanellis was a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004.
In the same year, she placed fifth in the Raw Diva Search, but was later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer.
He then booked her a match with Kurt Angle out of spite, and Maria was laid out with the Angle Slam.