Two More WWE Superstars Have Asked for Their Release (UPDATED)

The word going around is that two more people have asked for their release from WWE.  It’s no real surprise given how little they’ve been used too.  Mike & Maria Kanellis debuted on the main roster at Money in the Bank in 2017 and were initially slotted into a feud with Sami Zayn.  Mike began battling substance abuse issues (which he’s gotten the better of) and Maria became pregnant.  Since then, they’ve barely been used.  Recently, both were shuttled to “205 Live” and things appeared to be happening.  Apparently, it wasn’t to their satisfaction and they’ve apparently requested their release.  Mike is even selling T-shirts on ProWrestlingTees.  We’ll stay on this one too and report more as we learn more.

UPDATE:  Here’s a note from Maria on her Instagram page.

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I was not going to address this but I am getting phone calls and emails about it. I DID NOT ask for my release. Speculation and rumors are running rampant. Someone is playing all the wrestling news sites. It’s a game. I’ve been in professional wrestling for 15 years and what I do in front of the camera will only be a small part of the full story. I have relationships with fans, talent, producers, and their families. I have been in the hospital when people have been injured and backstage to hug someone that just had a great match. I don’t need to stir up shit. I don’t need to put others down. I am an imperfect human that has learned from past mistakes. Whoever is leaking rumors I pity you. And your desperate attempt for attention while disparaging my husband and I. I’m gonna take the weekend off of social media to hang out with my beautiful family and I suggest whoever it is does the same. Social media is not fact. It is fantasy, a nightmare, or a place for bullies. I want to use this for motivation to be positive everyday. I am still learning how to be a mom. I still fight postpartum depression. And I still try and become a better person everyday. I don’t need this made up extra stress. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support!!

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Botch Take:  Not surprised by this one at all.  Neither was being used much.  In truth, Maria had all the charisma and Mike was just kinda there.  Apparently, Maria is why they were both signed.  Seems Maria’s charisma wasn’t enough and they’ve made no…ahem…impact in WWE since returning.  As for asking for a release, hard to know if they’ll get it or not.  As would be the case with The Revival, just because you ask for your release doesn’t mean you’ll get it.  

Updated Take:  WELL then.  So much for “the word going around”, huh?  We weren’t sure (you can’t be really) so we posted it just in case.  We’re still watching this and we’ll keep updating.