Amidst an interesting angle going around him on WWE Raw, WWE superstar Mike Kanellis requested his release from the company. This came as a complete shocker to the WWE universe as he and his wife Maria Kanellis re-signed just a few months back. It was a heavy 5-year long deal that was supposed to be proof of their satisfaction to stay under the biggest pro-wrestling banner.
But it was recently when Mike Kanellis took his social media handle to let know his decision of making up his mind on leaving WWE. He thanked the WWE Universe for the past three years of experience while wrestling for the company. But belonging to the lower card for a long time is not a cup of cake for him. He wants the spotlight and feels much more comfortable on wrestling around the independent scene, rather. Check out his comments to know the situation, better,
“Today I asked for my release from WWE. I want to thank everyone in the company who has helped me out and who I have shared a locker room with. I love you all. I’ve been with the company for almost 3 years and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. However, it is time for me to move on. I am only 34 years old and feel I have a way to 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. It’s not fair to her or my wife.”
— Miracle (@RealMikeBennett) October 14, 2019
“Being a pro wrestler was and is my lifelong dream and I’m just not ready to give that up yet. I wasted 4 years of my life addicted to drugs and not caring when I should have been having the best matches of my life. Now that I am clean, sober and motivated, I want to have those 30-minute matches. I want to travel the world and wrestle in front of UK crowds, German crowds, Japanese Crowds.
I want to feel the love and excitement wrestling once gave me. I also want my daughter to be able to see me wrestle. I want her to see her daddy work for his money. I’ve never been ok with just collecting a paycheck and I can’t in good conscience tell my daughter she has to work her ass off to get ahead in life, then not do it myself. I don’t know what the future holds, but for the first time in a long time, I’m hopeful and excited. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and had my back. I love you.”
At this point, it’s still not clear whether it’s only Mike Kanellis who wants to leave the WWE or Maria Kanellis also wants to accompany him. They have always performed together as a couple ever since meeting in Japan which leads us to believe that the chances are pretty high with the second way.
WWE has involved Maria Kanellis in an interesting storyline in recent times on Raw which involves her pregnancy. The angle revolved around the identity of the child’s father as she bashed Mike Kanellis for not defending her pride by winning even a single match on WWE Raw. That appeared to be a storyline to write off Mike from TV as he was nowhere near around the WWE Draft.