Melina is also known for her ring entrance, which is a display of her flexibility. Standing beside the ring, she lifts her right leg onto the apron, then lifts her left leg, performing the splits, and then bends her upper body under the bottom rope. On RAW, she added another variation to this entrance where she stands on the apron before performing the splits and sliding under the bottom rope.
Following the Royal Rumble, Melina would become the #1 contender for the WWE Women's Championship, as well as introducing her KyraPractor finisher to WWE fans, under the new name California Dream. On February 5, Melina lost a Women's Championship match against Women's Champion Mickie James. The following week on RAW, Melina pinned the Women's Champion in a mixed tag team match and then challenged James for the title for the next week on RAW. In a back and forth battle, Melina eventually pinned Mickie James to capture her first WWE Women's Championship. In continuation of their feud, Melina won the first ever Women's Falls Count Anywhere Match in WWE history, by pinning James after a blocked hurricanrana to retain her WWE Women's Championship.
In March of 2007, Melina would show jealousy towards SmackDown! Diva Ashley, due to her burst of popularity and attention towards her appearance in Playboy. She also feuded with former Playboy cover girls Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle during this time. On an episode of SmackDown, the rivalry was taken to the next level when a catfight broke out between the feisty Divas on the inaugural edition of Miz TV. At WrestleMania 23, Melina pinned Ashley in a LumberJill Match to retain her Women's Championship in her first WrestleMania match.
After WrestleMania, Mickie James interrupted Melina's photo shoot with the Women's Championship, resulting in yet another feud between the two Divas. On April 24 at a house show in Paris, France, Melina lost the WWE Women's Championship to Mickie James in a triple threat match that also involved Victoria, but on the orders of Jonathan Coachman, she was entitled to a rematch on the same night, where she pinned Mickie James to regain the Title and become a two-time WWE Women's Champion. On April 29, at WWE Backlash 2007 Melina retained the WWE Women's Championship by using a Reverse DDT on Mickie James.