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Maryse Ouellet Biography

Maryse Ouellet was born on January 21, 1983, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has enjoyed participating in all sorts of sporting activities since she was a child, and in addition to excelling in swimming, mountain biking and running, she learned ballet and other forms of dance as a youth. Martial arts have also played an important role in her athletic development. She won her first competition at the age of 12 in Kyokushin-style karate, and she’s also practiced judo and kickboxing.

Maryse Ouellet began entering beauty contests several years later and quickly became a sensation on the pageant circuit. When she was 20 she won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada 2003 competition, and placed second at the 2004 Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Finals. That success helped open doors for her as she soon launched a career as a glamor model. Some of her most high-profile modeling gigs have been for Playboy, including as a cover girl for the June/July 2006 edition of Playboy Special Editions Vixens as well as for the publication's Girls of Canada 2007calendar.

maryse ouellet enters wwe's diva search
In 2006, Maryse Ouellet beat out thousands of applicants to earn a spot as one of eight finalists in the World Wrestling Entertainment's Diva Search competition. Although she was the second competitor to be eliminated, she was signed to a development contract a month later and began attending the WWE's Ohio Valley Wrestling training facility that summer. Before making her official debut in the ring, she took part in bikini contests and backstage segments for OVW. She also appeared in pre-taped segments welcoming viewers in both French and English to Friday Night SmackDown!

Maryse Ouellet made her WWE ring debut on December 16, 2006, at a Greensburg, Kentucky house show, where she and team partners She Nay Nay, Kelly Kelly, Victoria Crawford, and Katie Lea defeated ODB, Melody, Josie, Milena Roucka, and Beth Phoenix. During the spring of 2007, Maryse Ouellet began filming backstage interviews for OVW-TV and participated in the Miss OVW competition. That May, accompanied by the strains of her "All Summer Long" entrance theme, she appeared on WWE RAW to present Timbaland's "Throw It On Me" music video. She's featured in the clip along with other lady wrestlers such as Ashley, Kelly Kelly, Brooke, Torrie Wilson, and Layla El.

maryse ouellet moves to florida
Not long after taking part in the 2007 OVW Divalympics, Maryse Ouellet was transferred from Ohio to the newly opened Florida Championship Wrestling development facility in Tampa. She made her FCW debut as Ryan O'Reilly's valet that September. Following Ryan O'Reilly's departure from the WWE in October, Maryse Ouellet began competing in singles and tag-team contests. That same month she teamed with Michelle McCool as part of the WWE European Tour, in which she and her partner defeated Victoria & Katie Lea. Maryse Ouellet also appeared on a February 2008 Smackdown! episode along with Teddy Long.


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