In a move that comes as a surprise to very few, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis finished off their contract with ROH. They will be leaving the company now as a new contract was not able to be reached. Maria was already well known in the industry due to her time in WWE, but Bennett greatly increased his name value, thanks in part to successful stints in New Japan. Reports are saying that they are heading to TNA by January.
December 20, 2015
Since she has increased her name value in the business, WWE is expected to have some interest in bringing Maria Kanellis back in a couple of months. Her contract with ROH is expiring soon, and the gorgeous red head has publicly stated that she is intrigued by the possibility of working elsewhere. Maria had some backstage heat on her for a bit, but that is said to have dissolved tremendously.
October 24, 2015
The first lady of ROH might be leaving the company, as Maria Kanellis has teased fans through social media about a potential departure. The gorgeous red head revealed to fans that her contract with the promotion expires at the end of the year. Maria has leverage in negotiations since she has other options for work. New Japan likes having her around, and TNA is said to have shown interest in signing her.
October 19, 2015
Despite already having a good amount of experience wrestling on the main roster in WWE, Maria Kanellis recently revealed that she would more be more than enthusiastic to sign a deal and work in NXT. The brand is receiving universal praise for allow the female performers the opportunity to showcase their skills, something that AJ Lee has publicly complained about. Maria is currently with ROH, but the promotion cannot afford a long term contract.
March 8, 2015
Long before Mike Bennett and AJ Lee came into their lives respectively, Maria Kanellis and CM Punk were an item. During a recent interview, the former was asked about the latter leaving WWE and signing a contract with UFC. She defended her former boyfriend by stating that his body was beat up quite a bit because he was on the road more than a lot of the other stars. Maria also stated that Punk was not treated as well as some of the other top stars.
February 14, 2015
Since there are financial restrictions being placed on ROH, Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett are both working without a contract at the moment. Other promotions have taken notice and are targeting them for deals. Their popularity has risen enough that New Japan has expressed interest in signing them. The belief is that the real life couple is interested in the deal on a short term basis, as they have other options available in the United States.
February 5, 2015
Reports have surfaced that Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett are working in ROH without a contract. Their deals expired, and they are sticking around on a handshake agreement. The belief is that the couple will start negotiating with TNA very soon, as negotiations with Ring of Honor have not come to fruition just yet. Plus, the real life married couple is hoping to gain a bit more exposure, which Impact Wrestling can provide since it is a national show.
January 9, 2015