- Born: 03/09/1979 in Los Angeles, California,
- Birthname: Melina Nava Perez
- Height & Weight: 5'4", 121 Ib
- WWE Divas Championship (2 times)
- WWE Women’s Championship (3 times)
She is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Melina. Outside of WWE, Perez most recently wrestled for the 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. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for WWE’s reality show Tough Enough III, but was eliminated in the first round, and was inspired by Al Snow to continue pursuing her wrestling career.
In March 2004, Perez signed a contract with WWE, and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE’s developmental territory, where she began managing Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, dubbed MNM, to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Perez is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a two-time WWE Divas Champion. After winning her second WWE Divas Championship, Perez became the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the Women’s and Divas titles. She is also a 1 time QuizzleMania champion, winning the title on QuizzleMania 28 for a charity stream for NSPCC.
Famed for her flexibility, utilized during her entrance and in her in-ring maneuvers, Perez was called “one of the best wrestlers in the world” by Bret Hart, and cited by WWE as having “perhaps the most impressive arsenal of offensive maneuvers in Diva history.”
Notable Feuds: vs. Candice Michelle, vs. Mickie James, vs. Michelle McCool
Other Notable Achievements: The Baltimore Sun Woman of the Year (2009), BCW Women’s Championship, EWF Hall of Fame (2016), F2F Women’s Championship, MCW Women’s Championship, Ranked No. 3 of the best 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2009, Quizzlemania Championship, Queen of Southside Championship, Queen of the Ring (2016), WOW Women’s Championship