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