In November 2011, Perez wrestled her first match outside of WWE by defeating Lexxus at the Women Superstars Uncensored November 19 pay-per-view.Perez appeared on the World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX) Champions Showcase Tour in Manila, Philippines on February 4, 2012, where she wrestled under her real name.Melina appeared at the Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) event, signing autographs and serving as Eric Young's valet as he became the new FWE Heavyweight Champion.
The unified championship would henceforth be known as the Divas Championship, with the Women's Championship title being retired.
On the December 20 episode of Raw, Melina became the number one contender to the Divas Championship and turned villainous when she slapped then champion Natalya, who had attempted to congratulate her following her victory.
During the tag team match, Mark Henry aided MNM in winning back the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The storyline with Henry continued into the next year. of 2006, Melina announced that Henry was her personal protection against Batista.
She made her official in-ring debut on June 30 against Michelle Mc Cool, and had her first pay-per-view match against Torrie Wilson at The Great American Bash in a bra and panties match, winning both matches.
During this time, MNM defended their titles against Rey Mysterio and the World Heavyweight Champion Batista.
On the 900th episode of Raw, after winning a match, she was challenged by either Layla or Mc Cool to a Lumberjill match at Night of Champions, to unify the WWE Women's and WWE Divas Championships.
Mc Cool would win that match, after Layla attacked Melina during the match, to unify the championships.
The next night on Raw, Melina teamed with former rival Mickie James in a tag team match against Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea in a losing effort.
On December 29, Melina won a six-woman battle royal to become the number one contender for the Championship.
On the May 19 episode of Raw, Melina commentated during Beth Phoenix's match against Maria, which Phoenix won, and Melina would afterwards attack Phoenix with her boot before being attacked by Phoenix.