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Mike Kanellis celebrates 14 months of sobriety; reflects on past issues

Mike Kanellis has been working WWE’s Main Event show for a while now. While he shocked fans around the world with his surprise debut at WWE Money in the Bank in 2017, little came of his first few months with the company.

It was later revealed that Kanellis had been struggling heavily with addiction prior to his WWE debut, and the news of Maria’s pregnancy broke, decided to take some time away to focus on his family and himself.

Kanellis would show up for battle royals and the Greatest Royal Rumble throughout 2018, but aside from that has been mostly relegated to Main Event, where he’s worked programs with both Zack Ryder and Tyler Breeze.

On Instagram, Mike Kanellis made a post about celebrating his 14th month of sobriety, while looking back on the journey that got him to where he is now.

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The other day marked 14 months sober. Sometimes I look back and beat myself up for letting my life spiral out of control. What would life have looked like if I just put down those painkillers? What could I have accomplished if my only thoughts weren’t about pills? But then I remember the hard times make you who you are. It defines whether you are willing to give up or fight. And it also gives you the confidence to remember, that even though life seems tough right now, I survived addiction. Life cannot defeat me. I have a lot to be thankful for, my beautiful wife who saved my life. My perfect baby girl, who reminds me everyday is a blessing. I’m thankful for @wwe, who stuck by me, when they had every right not too. I’ve turned my addiction into an obsession. An obsession to be the best me everyday. The best father, the best husband, the best friend and the best employee. Not everyday is unicorns and rainbows, but I try to tell myself it doesn’t have to be. You survived addiction, you are a bad MOFO! #processoveroutcome #motivation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fit #fitfam #gym #gymmotivation #gymtime #sobriety #wwe

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The other day marked 14 months sober. Sometimes I look back and beat myself up for letting my life spiral out of control. What would life have looked like if I just put down those painkillers? What could I have accomplished if my only thoughts weren’t about pills?

But then I remember the hard times make you who you are. It defines whether you are willing to give up or fight. And it also gives you the confidence to remember, that even though life seems tough right now, I survived addiction. Life cannot defeat me. I have a lot to be thankful for, my beautiful wife who saved my life. My perfect baby girl, who reminds me everyday is a blessing.

I’m thankful for WWE, who stuck by me when they had every right not too. I’ve turned my addiction into an obsession. An obsession to be the best me everyday. The best father, the best husband, the best friend and the best employee. Not everyday is unicorns and rainbows, but I try to tell myself it doesn’t have to be. You survived addiction, you are a bad MOFO!

If you’re missing Mike Kanellis on TV, try out WWE Main Event on the Network. Contrary to popular belief, there are some great stories and matches to be found there.


  • Soulshroude

    It doesn’t take “sobriety” to get a body like that… just “patience and time” ~Shawshank Redemption.