WWE released a number of Superstars this week on April 15th. Last year they also executed sweeping cuts across the company on that same day, almost creating a terrible tradition within the company. Some of the Superstars who were released last time around have already ended up in other companies, but they can’t all go to AEW.

While speaking to the Shining Wizards podcast, Mike Bennett was asked if AEW ever contacted him. He put out feelers, but it was never “attacked.” In the end, Bennett claims that AEW never gave him a call.

“You know, they didn’t reach out to me. Wrestling is very like ‘brother, brother.’ You talk to some people, you put out feelers.  Everything was always put out there, but nothing was ever like attacked. I think always in my head, with Taven, it was always Ring of Honor.  I never really wanted to go anywhere else.  You obviously, if you’re a businessman, and a smart businessman, you put everything out to everybody because you never want to put all your eggs in one basket.”

“But you know, when I got fired, one of the first people to reach out to me was Delirious. He just sent me a winky emoji on Twitter.  It was just one of those ‘Hey I got ya,” you know?’ That always meant a lot to me because Delirious took over the book when I first started in ROH. We have always had a very good relationship, and it’s always meant a lot to me.  So when I got that, it was just kind of like ‘I got you pal.’ It was one of these things where I was going to put out these feelers, but I know where I’m going and I know where I want to go. So it wasn’t really like attacking anything head on.”


Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis signed new full-time ROH deals just this week. They went back to ROH, and both of them considered that the best move. They had homecoming in a manner of speaking, but AEW apparently wasn’t an option for them.

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote

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