A request is not a guarantee. Wrestling is a strange place at times. Wrestlers have a lot of things to do every single week including traveling, training, staying in shape, making appearances and of course wrestling. With so many things going on, sometimes keeping the balance is not what a wrestler wants to do. Sometimes a wrestler just wants to wrestle and in WWE, that isn’t always the simplest task. If a wrestler there isn’t happy, they might try to get out of the company. However, that doesn’t mean it’s so easy.
Earlier this month, Mike Kanellis requested his release from WWE, despite signing a new five year deal earlier this year due to wanting more time in the ring rather than wrestling one night a week. However, according to Brad Shepard via Twitter, WWE is unlikely to grant Kanellis’ request.
The situation is said to be similar to Lio Rush’s, as Rush made it clear that he was unhappy with his situation and wanted to get out of his contract. Rush would go on to return and has since become Cruiserweight Champion. Kanellis’ most recent match was on the September 24 SmackDown, though he has not had a match that lasted longer than a minute and five seconds since September 3.
According to a source in #WWE, Mike Bennett is not currently expected to be granted his release. I’m told he’ll get the “Lio Rush treatment” until he decides to “play nice.”
— Brad Shepard of ProSportsExtra.com (@TheBradShepard) October 20, 2019
Can you blame him for wanting out? Check out one of Kanellis’ matches earlier this year:
Opinion: This is one of those things where you can see both sides, though WWE’s side seems to make a lot more sense. At the end of the day, no matter how upset or unhappy Kanellis may be, he is the person who signed the extension just a few months ago. Why should WWE let him out of a contract, even if they have no plans to use him? Kanellis knew what he was signing and WWE is under no obligation whatsoever to let him go. It doesn’t work that way and maybe Kanellis will get out one day, but it doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon.
What do you think of Kanellis? Will WWE ever use him? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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