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WWE was said to have bagged two big indie names, three years ago when they signed Mike and Maria Kanellis to a contract. They were just released from Impact Wrestling roster to make a direct debut during Money In The Bank 2016 pay-per-view to claim themselves the first couple of the company. Unfortunately for them, that was perhaps the first and the last time that WWE Universe might have been excited to see them on-screen as their WWE career failed miserably.
Still, Mike and Maria Kanellis re-signed WWE contracts worth $250,000 a year ago. They didn’t even have to spend one year of this five-year deal as Maria Kanellis left television because she was pregnant. Sooner, Mike asked his release from the company but he didn’t get that immediately. But a few days ago, WWE did release both these names as they were on the budget cut list caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
One of the interesting things, while Maria Kanellis was pregnant, happened on Raw as the creative team used that aspect on TV, as well. The first last was clearly letting everyone know how she was ashamed that Mike was the father of her baby. Apparently, that was a storyline created by WWE to roast Mike since he and his wife didn’t let WWE officials know about the pregnancy while signing the new WWE contract.
However, Maria Kanellis confirmed that it was not true. Speaking to Fightful in an interview, the former Slammy Award winner claimed that WWE was well aware that she intends to grow her family. She made it clear while inking the new deals. It was also noted in the below lines that WWE also considered a creative role for Maria Kanellis, as well.
“It was absolutely talked about. Every contract negotiation we went in there, because we actually at one point were talking about Maria just back in a creative role, not even coming back as a wrestler or a manager or any kind of on-screen talent. Maybe coming back and doing stuff with the girls down in NXT or helping be on the writing team. Because that’s what she loves to do now.
She just loves helping, using her mind to help other people succeed. When we started talking to them, we said, ‘Look, we’re getting to that point where I’m 34, Maria’s 38, we want to have our kids when we want to have our kids.’ When we talked to them they were great. They were like, ‘Yeah, that’s not a problem at all.’ We told them. They 100% knew and they still offered us those contracts.”
“I think it’s mostly fans that think that’s why they were mad at us. There was no heat backstage. No one yelling at us. No one screaming at us. It wasn’t like ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe you did this.’ It was business as usual. Now, if they said stuff behind our backs, they did. But, I don’t have a clue.
That’s one of the reasons we signed, too. We were like, ‘Oh, you’re cool with us…?’ They [said], ‘Of course.’ They’re a family company. They took good care of us while we were there. They just did nothing with us creatively and that sucked.” (courtesy ringsidenews.com)
While praising WWE for taking care of them during pregnancy time, Maria Kanellis also found stating that it’s actually good that they left the company. WWE didn’t have anything for them, creatively. It’s good that they’re free from that bond, again and can choose their direction, from this point.