It’s no big secret that there are several talents on the WWE roster who are looking to part ways with the company, and a few weeks ago Mike Kanellis took to social media to publicly request his release.
Mike signed a new deal with the company earlier this year, and WWE has yet to grant his release request.
The former WWE 24/7 Champion recently opened up about why he requested his release on The Smarks & Stripes podcast, and he said the request was personal.
“For me, it was all personal. It had nothing to do with the company. Since the minute I got to WWE, they’ve treated me great; they’ve treated my wife great; they’ve treated my daughter great. They’ve treated me great. When I came out and said that I had an addiction, there was no negativity from anybody – it was just constant support.”
“And so, for me personally having been almost two-and-a-half years sober, it got to the point where I started reflecting on my past and what I did and it became very hard for me to almost sit and reflect on the fact that I blew four years of my life doing drugs and now I felt like my mind is clear, my head is clear, and I just wanted to work. I just wanted to wrestle. I just want to work. Like, I feel like I could do and have my best matches right now and it’s extremely difficult when there [are] so many people on the roster and you just don’t get that opportunity.”
Mike went on to say that he’s not mad at WWE, and if he were to get a call saying the company wanted to put him back on TV, he would do it. He also noted that he understands why WWE won’t release him.
“As far as [WWE] not giving me my release, I think it’s like anywhere. The [New England] Patriots aren’t going to release someone they think the [New York] Jets are going to pick up. And I think we have to think of it like that. It’s not negative – that’s just how it works! It works in sports and it works in [pro] wrestling.”
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