Illini Cheerleader Sister is former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis (pics)



It’s a great thing we have student media. They’re the guys who gave me leads like this to go research important stories like this. And make no mistake this is hard hitting, extremely important news. Let’s say you’re a fan of WWE and enjoy the work of former  WWE Diva Maria Kanellis. Now let’s say you’re an Illini fan, someone who really watches a lot of Illini games (these two groups of fans overlap quite a bit, I’ll show you the Ven diagrams) you might have noticed a member of the Illinois Dance Team or “Illinettes,” who kind of looks like Maria, but on a multi-year delay.

And you’d be right, they are indeed sisters. Janice Kanellis a.k.a. Janny Kanellis is indeed the younger sister of Maria Kanellis. Forget the wins over the #1 Hoosiers, and top 20 wins over the Gophers, Butler, Ohio State and at Gonzaga. This is truly the Illini feel good story of the college basketball season. How can you look at Maria Kanellis and not feel good?

Let’s get to the pictures.


We’ll start with the pics of the two Kanellis sisters together, then move on to Janny Kanellis pics, and then finally close with some Maria Kanellis images.



Just Janny:


janny kanellis


And finally….the Diva who’s now working with Ring of Honor? or TNA? Maria Kanellis:




maria kanellis


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  1. Just an FYI – Maria Kanellis has been not been a WWE Diva for some time. “Former WWE Diva” would be accurate. She is currently working with Ring of Honor.

  2. is she going to tna or staying with wwe?

  3. Hope she really decides to go tna shed be better there

  4. Zack Ryder says

    WOW marias younger sister is ssssiiiiiiccccckkkkk. hey janny call me

  5. ah how cute; another wwe ho in the waiting

  6. Maria hasn’t been in WWE for awhile now. And @swagdaddy and @anaya, WWE and TNA aren’t the only two options. She is doing quite well in Ring of Honor.

  7. great Post I am a big WWE supporter from Germany

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