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Maria Kanellis denies reports that she and Mike Kanellis asked for their releases

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Maria and Mike Kanellis were two of the names rumored to have asked to be let out of their WWE contracts over the past week. Many reports claimed that the couple were unhappy with their roles in the company, and were looking to apply their craft elsewhere.

In a lengthy post on her Instagram account, Maria said that these rumors are false.

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I was not going to address this but I am getting phone calls and emails about it. I DID NOT ask for my release. Speculation and rumors are running rampant. Someone is playing all the wrestling news sites. It’s a game. I’ve been in professional wrestling for 15 years and what I do in front of the camera will only be a small part of the full story. I have relationships with fans, talent, producers, and their families. I have been in the hospital when people have been injured and backstage to hug someone that just had a great match. I don’t need to stir up shit. I don’t need to put others down. I am an imperfect human that has learned from past mistakes. Whoever is leaking rumors I pity you. And your desperate attempt for attention while disparaging my husband and I. I’m gonna take the weekend off of social media to hang out with my beautiful family and I suggest whoever it is does the same. Social media is not fact. It is fantasy, a nightmare, or a place for bullies. I want to use this for motivation to be positive everyday. I am still learning how to be a mom. I still fight postpartum depression. And I still try and become a better person everyday. I don’t need this made up extra stress. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support!!

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Kanellis said she’d been getting harassed through phone calls and emails, and wanted to set the record straight. “I did not ask for my release,” she said.

“Someone is playing all the wrestling news sites. It’s a game.” Kanellis went on to talk about her relationships with those she works with, stating that she’d never want to cause any trouble or “stir up shit.”

Kanellis ended her message to the wrestling world by saying that she’s worried about being a mom and dealing with postpartum depression, and doesn’t need extra stress.

Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin posted a follow-up, claiming to have had multiple sources confirm the story, and have been backed up by other sites stating that their requests were denied by the WWE.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The Dirt sheet is getting real bad nobody is going anywhere in the WWE. Rather they are happy or not it not happening. The only guys who may get let go are the dead weight but that won’t be until after WM 35.

  • CC

    I posted this twice in one of the news stories yesterday and twice it was deleted.
    Gotta love this site.

  • Will Henderson

    the rumors are false, is what you say to try to keep it quiet that you asked for said release the rumors are about. you don’t want AEW, ROH, Impact Wrestling or NJPW to call you and your family asking “have you been granted it yet” or “when’s your contract expiring” or “when’s your no compete over with”. you don’t want WWE to know you are wanting to go to them until after they part ways, waited out the no compete or expiration date of contract they opted not to renew

  • Soulshroude

    Yup… you took the time out of your day to ask that? You must be one of those “rare genious’s” I’ve heard so much about.

  • Greg Bush

    So you took the time out of your day to come here to say you don’t care?

  • Soulshroude

    No one cares… moving on.