Mike and Maria Kanellis both re-signed with WWE. The contracts were for five years and they would get each get $250,000 per year. Then Mike Kanellis asked for his WWE release.
Other superstars such as Luke Harper, Sincara were granted their release recently, while Mike Kanellis was not granted his release. He is apparently doing everything he is asked to by WWE, but it seems he is staying at home currently.
On Busted Open Radio, Bully Ray said that he heard from some superstars in the WWE locker room that Mike and Maria “might have misled” WWE when they signed their new contracts.
“I heard rumors, and not internet rumors and dirt sheet rumors. I’ve heard talk of some scuttlebutt amongst the boys that Mike and Maria might have misled the WWE when their new contracts were signed. I don’t know this for a fact but I’m saying maybe the WWE didn’t want to release them because I want to keep them [and get] their money’s worth out of them.”
Maria Kanellis is out due to her being pregnant, as the couple will be welcoming their second child. However, it is unknown just how they misled WWE, as Bully Ray did not elaborate on what he said.
h/t to SE Scoops for the transcription.