Melina is best known for her past in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between 2005 and 2011. In WWE she has won the Women's Championship three times and the Divas Championship twice. Melina made her National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) debut on the November 19, 2019 episode of NWA Power (taped on October 1, 2019), aligning with Marti Belle and Thunder Rosa after helping them defeat NWA World Women's Champion Allysin Kay and Ashley Vox, establishing herself as a villainess.
Melina made her NWA in-ring debut on Into the Fire, on December 14, teaming with Belle as they unsuccessfully challenged Kay and ODB. In a long interview with Fightful, she revealed if her Tough Enough attempt got her signed: “It didn’t hurt.
But, the thing is, it’s just the persevering. Okay, I got seen. Al [Snow] saw me, but then at the same time it’s continuing to go to every single workout and try out that I could. I would drive every chance I got and then if WWE was around I would make a phone call or e-mail and see if I could get in there. So, for me it was not only that, I was very diligent about making sure I was being seen as often as possible”.