-- Maria Kanellis took to social media to refute recent rumors that she has asked WWE for their releases. The statement was in response to a report by Pro Wrestling Sheet and by PWInsider, the former noting that a request for release was made and the latter indicating that her husband Mike's request for a release was made three weeks ago and declined by WWE. Interestingly, Maria only really addressed that she did not ask for a release, leaving Mike out of her statement.
-- Pro Wrestling Sheet doubled down on their report, saying that multiple sources confirmed their report and that before posting their story, they reached out to the Kanellis duo, who declined to comment.
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I was not going to address this but I am getting phone calls and emails about it. I DID NOT ask for my release. Speculation and rumors are running rampant. Someone is playing all the wrestling news sites. It’s a game. I’ve been in professional wrestling for 15 years and what I do in front of the camera will only be a small part of the full story. I have relationships with fans, talent, producers, and their families. I have been in the hospital when people have been injured and backstage to hug someone that just had a great match. I don’t need to stir up shit. I don’t need to put others down. I am an imperfect human that has learned from past mistakes. Whoever is leaking rumors I pity you. And your desperate attempt for attention while disparaging my husband and I. I’m gonna take the weekend off of social media to hang out with my beautiful family and I suggest whoever it is does the same. Social media is not fact. It is fantasy, a nightmare, or a place for bullies. I want to use this for motivation to be positive everyday. I am still learning how to be a mom. I still fight postpartum depression. And I still try and become a better person everyday. I don’t need this made up extra stress. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support!!