Melina Perez Bio: Early Life, Career & Relationships

One of the most renowned names for breaking the stereotype is Melina Perez, a 42-year-old former American Professional wrestling fighter who is best known for her brassy persona in WWE and many other independent circuits.

She is a 3-time WWE Woman’s Champion and 2-time WWE Diva Champion. She was also placed in the 3rd position in the best 50 female singles wrestlers by PWI Female 50 (2009).

Besides having a penchant for wrestling, Melina has also tried her hands at modeling and acting. And, undeniably she has aced wherever she has gone.

Melina Perez
Melina Perez

We shall uncover more about her life, career, and relationships. So, please do keep the tabs on this article if you are a true fan of this diva.

But before diving into her beautiful yet bittersweet journey, let’s have a sneak peek into the quick facts about her.

Melina Perez – Quick Facts

Full NameMelina Nava Perez
Date of BirthMarch 9, 1979
Birth PlaceHigh Desert, California 
Nick NameThe A-list Diva, The Hell Cat, The Red Carpet Diva, The Scream Queen, The Barracuda, The Lovely Latina, The Paparazzi Princess, The Gorgeous Grapple
ReligionRoman Catholic
Zodiac SignPisces
Age43 Years Old
Height5 feet 4 inches (1.63 meters)
Weight121 lb (55 kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrown-Dark
Father’s NamePrisciliano Perez II
Mother’s NameName Unknown 
SiblingsP.J Perez
EducationHesperia High School
Marital StatusUnmarried
BoyfriendJohn Hennigan, Dave Bautista, Mike Knoxx
ProfessionWrestler, actor, valet, and model 
Ring Name Kyra / Melina / Melina Perez
Affiliations WWE, NWA
Billed FromLos Angeles, California
Hollywood, California
Active Years 2001-present
Net Worth$2.3 million with a $210,000 salary
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
MerchTrading Card
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

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.

However, not much has been revealed about her parents yet in public, but aligning with the information sources held in infobahn, her father was a boxer, and her mother used to go for a routine job.

She has a brother called P.J. Perez. She, as of now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Toddler Melina
Toddler Melina

To mention her schooling, Perez studied at Hesperia High School. However, we are not able to find any information regarding her college degree.

Melina Perez – Modelling career

Perez started her career as a beauty pageant contestant, beating  Miss Hawaiian Tropic Anaheim.

During her modeling days, she has won many modeling competitions titled Group USA Bridal Show, Group USA Fashion Show, and Ms. California Belleza Latina.

In 2007, Melina again showed up for a  modeling photoshoot where the famous artist Mark Greenawalt painted her body where she presented herself with WWE Women’s Championship belt.

Also, read about another female actress and wrestler Tamina Snuka.

Melina Perez – Professional Wrestling Career

Outgrowing her passion for wrestling, Perez commenced with the training at Jesse Hernandez’s School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino, California, and made her in-ring debut in November 2001.

Observing Melina’s strength, many officials were amazed to express her phenomenal natural ability compared to other women coming from the school.

In late 2002, Perez tried out for World Wrestling Entertainment’s reality show Tough Enough III.

Eventually, she made it through the final twenty-one but later got knocked out from the first episode’s final cut.

Although she was out of the contest, her supporter cum trainer Al Snow motivated her to keep pulling the socks up for her dreams.


After that in March 2004, Perez started off her career as a manager in WWE’s then-developmental territory OVW. She was brought into the limelight as John Hennigan’s ex-girlfriend.

Matt Cappotelli was the one to introduce her to humiliate Hennigan. However, we do not have many details of the inside story.

Soon after, Melina managed to make up with Hennigan and later teamed up with Joey Mercury.

Then she started managing for Hennigan and Mercury to win over the title OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. The trio owned popularity as MNM.

Melina with Nitro on left and Mercury on the right as MNM in 2006
Melina with Nitro on left and Mercury on the right as MNM in 2006

On November 29, 2004, Melina showed up for her first RAW appearance when Randy Orton was the guest General Manager and hosted a Diva lingerie fashion show.

Subsequently, She made another Raw appearance in December, taking part in a limbo contest.

Melina grabbed herself an official debut in WWE as the Manager of MNM on the April 2005 episode of Smackdown.

The trio won the match against Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, grabbing their first WWE Tag Team title.

Also, interested ones can view our article on Eddie Guerrero’s wife, Vickie Guerrero.

On the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Melina won a Divas battle royal by beating the Women’s Champion Trish Stratus.

Following the next week, MNM kidnapped Stratus, tied her up, and gagged her for Melina.

On the contrary, Stratus challenged her to a match for the Women’s Championship to this incident. As a result, Melina lost the battle with Stratus with the help of Mickie James at Survivor Series 2005.

In 2006, Melina caught up a headline again when she faced an encounter with Rey Mysterio and World Heavy Weight Championship Bautista.

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In keeping with Bautista’s statement, he claims Melina for calling up in the locker room and seducing her, whereas Melina allegedly called up for a conference where she accused  Batista of sexually harassing her vice-versa during the tag team match.

On January 29, 2007, Melina grabbed the topmost contender title for the WWE Women’s Championship after defeating Maria.

On the February 19 episode of Melina won a victory over Mickie James and was entitled to the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time in her career.

The rivalry between the two beauties lasted long, and Melina later kept back the title in a rematch during the first-ever Women’s Falls Count Anywhere match in WWE history.

Melina has also won the scheduled match against former Playboy cover girls Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle.

On April 24, 2007, she was again entitled to a match against James where she pinned James by putting her hands on the ropes and become a two-time WWE Women’s Champion.

In 2008, June,  she suffered an injury in her ankle and was out for 6 months.

She managed to retain her three-time WWE Championship against Beth Phoenix on the February 16 episode of Raw in 2009.

Melina was reaching heights of success when she appeared at the World Of Wheels in Birmingham, Alabama, to sign autographs in February 2009.

Perez handed over the WWE Women’s Championship to Michelle McCool at The Bash in  June 2009

Independent Circuits

Besides WWE, Melina showed up for  Women Superstars Uncensored’s Breaking Barriers II event defeating Lexxus (replacing Serena Deeb).

On February 5, 2012, episode of WWFX, Melina managed to defeat former WWE Diva Jillian Hall.

As a heel, Melina debuted for Northeast Wrestling on March 23, 2012, defeating Velvet Sky in a one-to-one match. On the following day, Melina was defeated by Sky in a rematch.

Melina with her Championship belt
Melina with her Championship belt

From June 30 to July 2, 2012, Melina participated in World Wrestling Council’s (WWC) Anniversario weekend in Puerto Rico.

Melina defeated Velvet Sky following the first two nights, but she and Davey Richards were defeated in a mixed tag team match by Sky and Xix Savant on the final night.

On July 22, 2019, Melina got back to WWE unexpectedly since August 2011 at the Raw Reunion unique.

She showed up in a behind-the-stage fragment with Candice Michelle, Naomi, and Kelly, who won the WWE 24-7 Championship and uncovered herself as a referee.

Also, read about another dynamite Valet Karen Jarrett.

Melina Perez – Personal Life

Needless to say, Melina Perez is a lady who is bold as brass.  She can steal anyone’s heart right away with her captivating looks.

But currently, there are no rumors of her dating anyone. Yes, we can tag her as single.

Not to mention, she has been in a relationship with her fellow wrestlers John Hennigan, previously known as John Nitro and John Morrison.

They had a semisweet relationship that started well in 2003 but tragically ended in 2013.

Apart from that, there were widespread gossips that she had a relationship with Dave Bautista and Mike Knox.

On top of that, when asked Perez always ends up answering-

” I’ve had enough of sentiments in 11 years relationship, now I wanna live alone”

Along with that, she is a complete animal lover. She has three puppies and every once in a while keeps posting about them on Instagram.

Melina Perez – Net Worth

Melina Perez is not just beauty with brains, but it seems like when God was creating her, he rooted all three dimensions of beauty, brain, and bravery in her character.

Being a famous wrestler, we cannot deny the fact that she must have added pretty much ample amount to her bank account.

Inlining with the other credible online sources, we have come to know that-

“Melina Perez has an estimated net worth of $2.3 MILLION”

Not to mention she had a salary amount of $2,10,000 annually when she used to wrestle for WWE. Before that, she was a model too.

Also, various sources claim she does have a Toyota Yaris. Although, we did not find any pictures of her with her whip.

However, she is currently working with Independent Circuit and must be doing good in her life.

Melina Perez- Minor Details

  1. Perez was also called “The A-List Diva,” “The Barracuda,” “The (self–proclaimed) Most Dominant Diva in the WWE,” “The Paparazzi Princess,” “The Red Carpet Diva.”
  2. Perez’s entrance in the ring always remained the talk-of-the-town. She did it by doing a split on edge, crawling under the bottom of the rope.

    Melina always known for her splits
    Melina is always known for her splits.
  3. Perez has done modeling ads for Nike.
  4. Melina was totally allured to learn cage fighting before training to be a professional wrestler.
  5. Perez calls Jillian Hall her real-life best friends, no matter even if they were an on-screen enemy.
  6. Perez is a huge fan of the TV shows The X-Files (1993), Heroes (2006), and Sleeper Cell (2005).
  7. Melina is highly influenced by Drew Berrymore, her mother, Selen Quintanilla, Mother Teresa, Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, Gwen Stephani. Here’s one of her Instagram posts, where she lets out why she adore these beautiful ladies.

Melina Perez – Social Media Presence

Well, if you are a real Perez fan, you cannot dare to skip on this. We can find her on every possible networking site.

She has a whopping number of followers and is always inclined to spread smiles and positivity through her posts.

She does have a blog of her own where she tends to share her story her way. Click on the link below and get started into knowing Melina better.


Facebook- @RealMelina and has 102,515 followers

Instagram- @realmelina and has 350k followers

Twitter- @RealMelina and has 679.4k followers

YouTube- RealMelina and has 27k followers

We can also find her on TikTok, Pinterest, and Snapchat. And below is also one of the memes shared by her. Funny, Isn’t it?

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Melina Perez – FAQs

Who trained Melina Perez?

Jesse Hernandez trained Melina Perez at the School of Hard Knocks and Fit Finlay.

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