As a part of her entrance when teaming with Hardy, she mimicked the dance he performs at the top of the entrance ramp, a moment she later claimed as a favorite in her career. Diva Search and debut — She competed in the Raw Diva Search in , deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw. As a result, one week later, Maria testified in the trial against Bischoff, who was being fired because of his controversial actions as General Manager. She made it to the final three before being eliminated. She lost the match with James, but won the other with Hardy.
Maria was given the dumb blonde gimmick despite having brown hair.
On the December 26 episode of SmackDown! In , she was a contestant on the reality show, Outback Jack. Jump to: navigation , search. Maria stood by herself for most of the match, only getting involved when she saw the opportunity to eliminate a competitor, a strategy that proved effective as she eliminated both Jillian Hall and Victoria.