-Mike Kanellis and Maria recently asked WWE officials for their releases and were denied. Mike and Maria were most recently assigned to the 205 Live brand and have been unhappy with their push for a long time according to PWTorch sources. Pro Wrestling Sheet originally reported the news. PWTorch has independently confirmed that both asked for their releases.
PWTorch has confirmed with WWE sources that neither will be granted their release at this time. Mike and Maria have a bad reputation in some WWE circles. Maria is seen as a complainer by WWE management. One source noted that Maria has been a complainer for a long time dating back to her previous stint in the company.
WWE sources tell PWTorch that Mike is his own worst enemy. WWE management has frowned on some of his comments on social media lately and he is seen as a complainer as well. WWE sources noted that many people in WWE don’t believe Mike ever had a drug problem pointing out that he continued to wrestle on the road for WWE and never officially went to rehab. Another source that has dealt with a family member that battled addiction in the past told PWTorch that it bothered them that Mike never went to rehab noting that WWE wants their talent healthy and would have paid for it.
Maria confirmed that Mike did not go to rehab earlier today on Twitter:
Social Media Fact Check: Mike NEVER went to rehap ANYWHERE. He was on the road with me rehabbing. We were on house shows. He never took time off to rehab. He worked through it.
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) January 17, 2019