Mike Kanellis requested his release from WWE not too long after he signed a new five-year deal with the company. They have not granted him this release request yet, but he is still waiting.
While speaking to the Smarks And Stripes podcast, Kanellis addressed why he never received an opportunity in WWE. The roster is incredibly loaded with talent right now which did not provide him an opening, but the pro wrestling scene hasn’t been this loaded in a very long time either.
“Well I think honestly — again, I just go back to it. There are so many talented guys on the roster right now. So I mean, and I’m not saying I’m not, and I’m not saying that I wouldn’t be a good fit. What I’m saying is, if those guys are getting the opportunity and doing their job and they’re successful at it, then they’re won’t going to necessarily look for ‘next man up.’ There’s no need. You hope it’s next man up when — you know, you don’t hope that someone goes down, but you hope that you’re ready if someone goes down. But I just — wrestling right now is loaded with talent.”
“I keep hearing people talk about it. It’s the best I’ve ever seen in any company, on independents, on any national company, it’s just loaded. Everyone’s just really friggin’ good right now. And I just think my opportunity hasn’t existed. And you know, I’m 34; I have 10 or 12 years left in me. So I don’t want to waste them.”
The fact that WWE keeps snatching up every good indie wrestler who will sign a contract also doesn’t help Mike Kanellis’ position. It just goes to show that sometimes it’s really hard to get noticed if there is a lot of competition. It could also point toward Vince McMahon’s fickle nature, because he brought the Power Of Love straight to the main roster for a reason.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote