The 205 Live General Manager failed to claim the modern-day version of the Hardcore Championship on multiple occasions before he finally defeated R-Truth on the June 18 episode of SmackDown Live after disguising himself as Carmella.
Sadly for Maverick, he lost the title two days later when R-Truth crashed his wedding to Renee Michelle and quickly escaped from the ceremony as a six-time holder of the 24/7 Championship.
Since then, the relationship between WWE’s newest married couple has featured heavily on Raw and SmackDown Live, with Maverick even going against his new wife’s wishes to win the title for the second time just before their honeymoon.
Having previously played a bit-part role as the manager of AOP’s Akam & Rezar, Maverick is now flourishing in his new position as one of the most entertaining Superstars on the main roster, especially since his wife entered the storyline.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five things that you might not know about Renee Michelle.
#5 Gillberg got her into the wrestling business
During the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990s, WWE mocked WCW by introducing their own version of the Goldberg character, Gillberg.
Unlike the destructive world champion that WCW had on their hands, WWE’s Gillberg was an undersized comedy act whose sole purpose was to make fun of the company’s fiercest competition.
Fast forward to 2012 and Gillberg, real name Duane Gill, approached Renee Michelle at the first wrestling event that she ever attended.
As she recalled in a 2016 interview with Jim Varsallone, Michelle was immediately hooked by the wrestling business.
“I never grew up watching it as a kid. I grew up doing martial arts since the age of four, so when my friends dragged me to my first wrestling show, I was approached… I was very sceptical about it but I tried it out and ever since then I’ve had the wrestling bug.”
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