Vince McMahon’s company turned record revenues during the second quarter of 2020, the same quarter they fired a lot of employees across the board. Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis were two people who lost their jobs, and that is still a sticking point.
While speaking to the Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast, Mike Bennett took a second to address his former boss. He said that Vince McMahon is always nice to your face, but some of the things he’s done are hard to understand.
Bennett specifically mentioned how WWE refused his release request eight months prior to releasing him. This put him out without a job when he could have been granted a different opportunity.
“Vince is always nice to their face, but, some of the things he’s done lately, it is hard for me to wrap my brain around. It’s hard for me to be ok with the way he treated my wife. I asked for my release.”
“I was ready to go. I asked for my release 8 months before the pandemic happened. Do I have every right to be pissed that they didn’t release me then when I could have gone and worked somewhere or picked up another contract and then they released me when I couldn’t do that? Yes, that pissed me off. As far as getting released, I knew I was getting released.”
“I wanted to go. My wife didn’t. We talked to them time and time again about firing me but not firing her. I wanted my release, she did not want her release. We were adamant that we were two separate talents and you should treat us differently. Not only that, but she had more experience with that company. She was there for almost 6 years before the second time and then 3 years on the second run, so that’s almost 10 years of service. To release a woman who is on maternity leave after giving 10 years to a company and then just fire her in the middle of a pandemic? I’m sorry. I think that’s a real lousy thing to do to a person.”
Mike Bennett had an impressive showing as he faced Nick Aldis for the NWA World Title. He didn’t win that match, but he showed his heart and determination through that loss. It makes us wonder what Vince McMahon could have done with him as well.
We’ll have to see what’s next for Mike Bennett, but is certainly seems to have left his WWE days behind. He was also ready to leave WWE behind while he was still with the company, but Vince McMahon didn’t let him go until he decided it was time to release him.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote