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Shelly Martinez
Ring name(s) Desire[1]
Halloween Barbie[1]
Shelly Martinez[1][1]
Koffin Kitten[1]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Billed weight 135 lb (61 kg)[1]
Born February 9, 1980 (1980-02-09) (age 30)
Chino, California
Billed from Brooklyn, New York
San Diego, California
Trained by School of Hard Knocks
WPW Lucha Libre
RPW staff
UPW staff
Inoki Dojo
OVW staff[1]
Debut December 2000[1]

Shelly Leonor Martinez[3] (born February 9, 1980)[4] is a Mexican-American model, professional wrestler and valet.[1] She is also known for her work with World Wrestling Entertainment on its ECW brand under the ring name Ariel and for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Salinas as valet to The Latin American Xchange (LAX).[5]


Professional wrestling career

Early career

Martinez was trained and first wrestled in Southern California under the ring name Desire, appearing in several independent promotions such as Revolution Pro Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Federation[6] and Ultimate Pro Wrestling[7] where she worked as the storyline sister of Kyra. While in UPW, she also competed under the name Halloween Barbie.[8] She also had a run in Women's Extreme Wrestling, where she played the storyline cousin of Mercedes Martinez.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005-2007)

Ohio Valley Wrestling

In April 2005, Martinez signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). By July of that year she was placed in their primary developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), for further training. Her first role there had her, along with Beth Phoenix, acting as co-manager for Aaron Stevens. Martinez defeated Mickie James to win her debut singles match at an OVW house show on October 29. From there she engaged in numerous feuds with the likes of Beth Phoenix, Serena, Sosay, and Fuji Cakes. In late December, Martinez and Phoenix revived their "co-manager" gimmick to accompany Aaron Stevens to the ring at several SmackDown! house shows for tryout matches. They also appeared together on the January 27, 2006 episode of WWE Heat as part of The Heart Throbs (Romeo Roselli and Antonio Thomas) "Throb-o-Meter" section, dancing in the ring with the team and teasing a kiss, before being interrupted by Trevor Murdoch.

At the February 22, 2006 OVW TV tapings, Shelly came to ringside and attacked Sosay during an Elijah Burke vs. Robbie Dawber match. Around this time she started a gimmick of being obsessed with Paul Burchill, who was using a pirate gimmick on SmackDown!. On the May 6, 2006 edition of WWE Velocity, Martinez appeared as Burchill's valet, Shelly, for his match against Road Warrior Animal, but before she could become a permanent fixture the entire gimmick was dropped.[9] Returning to OVW, she became involved in Seth Skyfire's ongoing feud with Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Roni Jonah.

ECW brand

When the ECW brand was launched Martinez joined on as Ariel, a tarot reading fortune teller and the only heel diva on the ECW brand during that time. She was joined by Kevin Thorn, a vampire character who had previously been seen stalking ECW arenas, and announced that she "saw a future that held blood" followed by Thorn spitting blood at the camera. From there, she began acting as a valet for Thorn, joining him at ringside for his matches and kissing him during them. On September 19, she got into her first ECW catfight, rumbling with Francine who had accompanied Balls Mahoney to ringside for a match against Thorn.[10] Ariel made her ECW in-ring debut against Francine on September 26 in an "Extreme Catfight", which went to a no-contest due to interference from both Thorn and Mahoney.[11] The building feud was soon dropped when Francine was released from WWE just weeks later.[12] When the ECW brand held its first pay per view, December to Dismember, Ariel and Thorn defeated Kelly Kelly and Mike Knox in a mixed tag team match.[13] The next Tuesday on ECW, Ariel lost to Kelly in a one on one match when Kelly surprised her with a rollup.[14] This was her final wrestling match. In February 2007, Ariel along with Thorn joined the New Breed stable and engaged in a feud with their ECW Original foes. On the May 1, 2007 edition of ECW on Sci-Fi, Thorn and Ariel quit from The New Breed after Elijah Burke yelled at them for losing to CM Punk earlier in the night. On May 18, 2007 Martinez was released from her WWE contract.[15]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007-2008)

At Bound for Glory, Martinez participated in a Knockout Gauntlet battle royal to crown the first TNA Knockout Champion. Shortly afterward, Martinez began to appear as a masked member of The Latin American Xchange (LAX), interfering in their matches to help them gain victories leading to an issue with The Rock 'n Rave Infection's valet Christy Hemme, who believed she was a man attacking women, an infraction in TNA. At Final Resolution, however, Martinez unveiled herself after attacking Hemme again, clearing up a possible man-on-woman violence issue. On the following edition of Impact!, Homicide and Hernandez gave her the name Salinas. She made her in ring debut as Salinas in a one on one match against Awesome Kong and lost after a sitting powerbomb. Salinas participated at Lockdown in the first ever "Queen of the Cage" match, which was won by Roxxi Laveaux. She then participated at Sacrifice in the first ever Knockouts "Makeover Battle Royal", which was won by Gail Kim. A few weeks later Salinas lost a match against Kong and after the match she was triple-teamed by Kong, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love. At No Surrender Salinas was attacked off camera by Jacqueline in the bathroom and was sent to the hospital. In reality, Martinez had stated on her official website that she had quit TNA to shoot for an Italian thriller movie.[16]

Other media

During her time in California, Martinez posed nude for a private pornography company which later leaked on the internet. She also starred in a pin-up film titled American Pinups Vol. 2.[17] Porn director Jewel De'Nyle stated in August 2007 that she is working on trying to work with Martinez in a Bettie Page type solo film. "I might get Shelly Martinez to do a solo Bettie Page fetish type movie just starring her doing different set ups with stockings, boots, heels, whips etc."[18] The DVD, entitled The Notorious Jewel De'Nyle & Shelly Martinez, an all-girl spanking and softcore bondage video, was released on February 11, 2008.

She also starred in the independent supernatural horror movie Dead Things.[19] In addition, she was a contestant on the reality show The Search for the Next Elvira, which debuted October 13, 2007 on Fox Reality.[20] She was eliminated on the second show.

Martinez is set to be in the upcoming movie Darkness of Night, as stated on her website

Martinez appears in the beginning of the Mötley Crüe music video for "Saints of Los Angeles".

In October 2009, Martinez posed nude for a contest called "THE 1 Contest".[21]

She is a part of MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) and openly speaks about how cannabis saved her life. On the Heyman Hustle there was an article with her story along with a link to a pilot she filmed called The Weed Chronicles.

Personal life

She also has numerous tattoos: one on each wrist, one on each ankle, a sacred heart with a pair of dice below her navel, a 1940's Alberto Vargas pin up girl on her lower back, and a set of cards surrounded by flames and hearts that reads "Queen of Hearts" on her upper right arm, and a Mexican style female skull with the word "Punkin" under it between her shoulder blades. LA is tattooed on her middle right finger.

Shelly has stated she will be removing the one on her arm and below her navel.

She dated Chris Cage, who is currently wrestling as Caylen Croft in the WWE. The two later broke up

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Ariel (ECW) Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Cle-Ho-Patra bio". Women's Extreme Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  3. ^ "California Births". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  4. ^ Shelly Martinez at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Actress, female wrestler and Glamour model Desire
  6. ^ "EWF's Superstar Alumni". Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Desire's UPW Profile". Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  8. ^ "UPW's Vixens Page". Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  9. ^ (Windows Media Video) Paul Burchill vs. The Road Warrior. [Television production]. World Wrestling Entertainment. May 6 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  10. ^ "ECW results - September 19, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  11. ^ "ECW results - September 26, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Francine released". WWE. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  13. ^ "December to Dismember results - Kevin Thorn & Ariel def. Mike Knox & Kelly Kelly". WWE. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  14. ^ "ECW results - December 5, 2006". Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  15. ^ "Ariel, Scotty 2 Hotty & Nick Mitchell released". May 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  16. ^ Martin, Adam (2008-09-15). "Report: Shelly "Salinas" Martinez quits TNA Wrestling; get the full details". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  17. ^ American Pinups Vol. 2 cover
  18. ^ "Shelly Martinez to Make Fetish Film for Pornstar Jewel De’Nyle". 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  19. ^ Dead Things at IMDb
  20. ^ The Search for the Next Elvira at IMDb
  21. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-10-10). "Shelly Martinez gets nude for contest". Wrestle View. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  22. ^ "EWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE HISTORY". Empire Wrestling Federation. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 

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