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Mike Kanellis requests release from WWE

Mike Kanellis - Maria Kanellis - 205 Live

When it comes to underutilized talent in the WWE, there’s quite a list. One of the names near the top is the Brokenhearted Lover Mike Kanellis. The former 24/7 Champion has been with the company for a few years now but has rarely been used throughout the majority of his run, getting most of his exposure through a stint on 205 Live.

When it was revealed that he and his wife Maria Kanellis had signed with the company, fans were excited. The former X-Division Champion was highly impressive in his runs with ROH, NJPW, and Impact Wrestling. However, he was essentially dead on arrival following his debut at Money in the Bank 2017.

Mike Kanellis has struggled to pick up wins, and his most recent storyline completely emasculated him. Though he re-signed with the company earlier this summer, Kanellis has requested his release from the WWE.

Reverting back to his real name, Mike Bennett, he thanked the WWE for everything they did for him. However, he feels he has more to offer than what he’s doing in the WWE right now.

I am only 34 years old and feel I have way too much left in the tank. Working 1 day a week is just not going to cut it for me. I came to WWE to work and that opportunity does not exist right now. I re-signed with the company back in June because I thought it was what was best for my family, and maybe from a financial standpoint it was.

But I quickly realized that bringing my work frustrations and misery home with me is not good for my family and I no longer want my daughter to constantly see me come home defeated, sad and angry.

Bennett has deleted everything having to do with the WWE from his social media accounts. And from her Instagram, it looks like Maria is in full support of her husband.


  • CC

    Yeah, and this tactic worked so well for Luke Harper, didn’t it.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Funny how WWE reserves the right to terminate contracts for any reason they see fit, due to the talent being independent contractors and not employees, but the contracted talent does not have the same ability…

  • Rinn13

    That’s because they sign WAY more talent than they ever actually plan on using. Which is idiotic from a business sense. They sign people now “just so other promotions (AEW) don’t have them”? Meaning they sign people THEY allegedly see nothing in, but don’t want to allow them the opportunity to work and possibly become stars for other promotions?

    If I were a pro wrestler today, in all blunt honesty, even though I spent years in the past being a WWF/E fan, I would not ever want to work for WWE. Not for even reason, not even the money. WWE isn’t what it was years ago, their championships mean far less than they used to, hell, Wrestlemania means far less than it used to. There was a time when my friends and I used to legit get excited when WM weekend came up, like it was a wrestling holiday or something. That hasn’t been the case in many years now. For the past I don’t know how many years, it has honestly felt like a 4+ hour long episode of Raw, in a big arena. IE nothing terribly special. And that’s a huge problem.

    But if I were a wrestler, I would rather work on the indies and actually be WORKING, and hopefully make a name for myself there, or ROH, or Impact, or New Japan, or hell, if it lasts AEW, than to go to the political BS machine off in Vince McMahon land, where half the people they sign they don’t even use.

  • EVH

    WWE has how many hours of TV time? 7? Raw=3 SD=2 NXT=2 and they STILL cant find time give all their roster ample tv time?

    THAT is bad writing.

  • oppa

    So he doesn’t want to be a cuckold on television anymore. About time.

  • Dirt McGirt

    WWE will never let anyone out of their contracts. However, WWE HAS parted ways in the past with men who had addiction problems and refused to go to rehab. Maybe he can fake a relapse and get out that way.