As many of you may have read, there was a report that surfaced online via Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet that claimed both Maria and Mike Kanellis had asked for their releases from WWE recently. Maria caught wind of these reports and denied these claims made by Satin and said that she didn’t ask for her release. However, Maria didn’t deny that her husband Mike asked for his release though.
“I was not going to address this but I am getting phone calls and emails about it. I DID NOT ask for my release. Speculation and rumors are running rampant. Someone is playing all the wrestling news sites. It’s a game. I’ve been in professional wrestling for 15 years and what I do in front of the camera will only be a small part of the full story. I have relationships with fans, talent, producers, and their families. I have been in the hospital when people have been injured and backstage to hug someone that just had a great match. I don’t need to stir up shit. I don’t need to put others down. I am an imperfect human that has learned from past mistakes. Whoever is leaking rumors I pity you. And your desperate attempt for attention while disparaging my husband and I. I’m gonna take the weekend off of social media to hang out with my beautiful family and I suggest whoever it is does the same. Social media is not fact. It is fantasy, a nightmare, or a place for bullies. I want to use this for motivation to be positive everyday. I am still learning how to be a mom. I still fight postpartum depression. And I still try and become a better person everyday. I don’t need this made up extra stress. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support!!”
In an update, Ryan addressed Maria’s remarks via Twitter and actually placed the blame on her for not commenting on the matter when he attempted to reach out to both her and her husband.
“Just so it’s known … I reached out to the couple for comment BEFORE publishing and was told there’d be no comment. This could’ve been EASILY avoided had they just said the part about Maria wasn’t true. Reporters who reach out to verify information with you aren’t the enemy. “
Most of the Internet Wrestling Community lashed out at Ryan in the comment section of the above tweet, mainly for coming off as an entitled “journalist.” Instead of just taking the “L” and issuing an apology, Ryan decided to place the blame on the WWE personality and this didn’t go over very well with many.
While it’s still unclear if Maria had asked for her release or not, Ryan could have went about this differently.
We will keep you updated if we receive any additional information regarding Maria’s status.