Tuesday, May 15, 2007

WWE Divas - Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet was born on January 21st, 1983.
She is a French Canadian Glamour model and professional wrestling diva currently working for WWE on the SmackDown! brand as Hostess as well as training in it's developmental facility Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Ouellet began her career as a beauty pageant contestant, winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada 2003 and finishing second at the International Finals of Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2004. After that she made several appearances in various newspapers, magazines and television programs in Canada, then became a Glamor model; appearing on the cover and inside pages of Playboy Special Editions Vixens in June/July 2006. She was also on the cover of Playboy's The Girls of Canada 2007 Calendar. She also appeared on the special edition of Playboy called "Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads".

In the summer of 2006, Maryse tried out for World Wrestling Entertainment's Diva Search. She made the final cut and was one of the top eight featured on WWE but on the July 24 episode of WWE RAW she became the second person to be eliminated from the search. Despite her elimination she was invited to observe workouts and the training facility between August 13-17, 2006 at WWE's developmental facility, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Although she understood that there was no guarantee that this will lead to full time employment with WWE, she was grateful to have been given another opportunity to live out her dream. Stating in a WWE website interview "I can just cry, [is] my feeling right now," Ouellet said. "I’m very excited. It was very, very good news."

Maryse Ouellet was officially signed to a World Wrestling Entertainment developmental contract on August 24, 2006 and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling for training. Her first jobs there were to sit in the front row during television tapings, take part in bikini contests and appear in backstage segments. After a while she began managing fellow French Canadian René Dupree at house shows. Her in ring debut came at a December 16, 2006 house show in Greensburg, Kentucky where she teamed with Katie Lea, Kelly Kelly, She Nay Nay, and Victoria Crawford to defeat ODB, Milena Roucka, Josie, Beth Phoenix, and Melody. In March of 2007 she became a part-time backstage interviewer for OVW TV as well wrestling in dark matches prior to the OVW Tapings.

On the September 22, 2006 edition of SmackDown! , Ouellet being dubbed as simply Maryse, was shown on the titantron welcoming the Montreal viewers in (French) to the season premiere of SmackDown! on the new CW Network. Continuing to do this for a couple of months, she was all the while in OVW training to wrestle. In January 2007, Maryse returned to Smackdown! in more pre-taped vignettes welcoming viewers back to the show in both English and French.

In April 2007, Maryse, along with Ashley, Kelly Kelly, Brooke, Torrie Wilson, and Layla El, filmed Timbaland's new music video "Throw It On Me" featuring The Hives.

Ouellet has a degree in Business Administration, and holds a black belt in martial arts. She is also involved in the Foundation of Children General Hospital of Montreal, Quebec.

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