Melina Nava Perez (born March 9, 1979), better
known simply as Melina, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment
(WWE) wrestling on its SmackDown brand.
After becoming interested in wrestling, Melina
joined the independent professional wrestling circuit before ultimately joining WWE in 2004. Initially, she was a
manager for the tag team of MNM . She managed them to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as former
boyfriend and MNM member Johnny Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion. Melina made her WWE singles
debut in 2005, and is a three-time WWE Women's Champion , winning the belt twice in 2007 and once in
Perez is of Mexican heritage. She is also bilingual, as she can speak both English and
Spanish fluently. She was in a long term relationship with John Hennigan, whom she managed on-screen; he wrestles
under the ring name John Morrison on SmackDown. The two met during their auditions for Tough Enough III.
Eventually they broke up, and Melina was then in a short-term relationship with Raw
wrestler Batista. Batista claims that the duo began their
relationship after the divorce from his wife. Unlike some of her fellow Divas , Perez has been outspoken about her
disinterest in posing for Playboy magazine.
On April 13, 2008, she appeared in an episode of Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp along with
Mickie James , Layla , and Kelly Kelly . .