Mike Kanellis when he left for WWE, “I didn’t want this to happen during a pandemic”

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Mike Kanellis (Mike Bennett) spoke with WrestleTalk editor Louis Dangoor about his recent WWE release. As reported earlier this week, several WWE stars have been released due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A full list can be found by clicking here.

Speaking of his release, Mike Kanellis admitted he asked for his release in October 2019, but he and WWE made it right. He and Maria signed with WWE in the spring of 2017. Maria previously worked for WWE until 2010.

“So I mean in my mind it was always like there were releases, it was probably going to be me and probably my wife, just because my wife was on maternity leave and they were not doing nothing with me, “said Mike. “I have asked for my release in the past, although we have worked it out afterwards. I didn’t want this to happen during a pandemic. “(H / t at WrestleTalk)


He said Maria never asked for her release from WWE the way he did. While he is not surprised that he and Maria are released, he is surprised that this happened during a global pandemic.

“I think it’s a difficult thing for me to try to explain to people, not to get out of the subject, but there are a lot of people who are like” well, he asked for his release “, what I did, but my wife I never did and I want to be clear, my wife was happy to stay there, “he said. “But it’s like, you think in the back of your head, yes I asked for my release, but no one wants to be released in the middle of a pandemic. You ask for your release when you think you can go do other things I asked for my release because I was not working and I wanted to work. “

Mike also shared what he would like to do in the future. One thing is that he would like to team up with ROH star Matt Taven. While Mike was in Ring of Honor, he was part of the Kingdom with Taven and now NXT star Adam Cole. He would also like to do a singles race in New Japan.

“I would love to do a singles race in New Japan and I would like to team up with [Matt] Taven again. To me, those are the two coolest things. “

The full interview with WrestleTalk is available in the video above.



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