WWE released Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett on April 15th, 2020. They have since returned to ROH and seem to be very happy there. That doesn’t change the fact that bad memories remain from their WWE days.

Maria Kanellis is a proud mother of two, and she wanted her family to enjoy themselves when the accompanied her to WWE’s biggest event of the year. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Kanellis recently spoke to SHAK Wrestling about her time in WWE and she aired some grievances about how her family was treated during WrestleMania weekend.

“It was the whole day. It used to be that when you got to the building at WrestleMania, you knew exactly where your family was going to go. You were able to show them why you’ve been away all year. Why you haven’t been coming home. Why you missed Christmas or Thanksgiving or birthdays, whatever. You were able to really just give your family a VIP treatment. And they didn’t have that. It was all about the sponsors. They had their area and then whatever else.”

“For the wrestlers themselves, there was no place for our families to go. I was like, I don’t like this. I don’t like this attitude towards my family. My daughter was actually stuck outside with my mother-in-law and my nanny for 45 minutes before I was able to even get them into the building because it was so far away to get security down there. What ended up happening is my the person doing my makeup had to go and get my family.”


“It made me sad to think that wrestlers were no longer the ones that were special. It was the sponsors and the free giveaways to the VIPs. They all had rooms. But the talent’s family, the families that have sacrificed the most, had nowhere to go. And then when they did get in the building, they didn’t have a backstage area. They had seats like up in the stands and they couldn’t even really see that well. It was cold and there was just nowhere for them to go. I want to give all the fans such a great experience throughout the entire year, but for my family, I want to give them that VIP treatment at WrestleMania and I wasn’t able to.”

WWE is always changing as they shift their focus toward making a profit and away from other things that catered toward human interests. There is still a company to run and the bottom line is king. Maria Kanellis could certainly have had a better WrestleMania weekend no thanks to WWE.

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Felix Upton

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