Former Impact Wrestling stars Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are close to signing with WWE, according to a report from Sportskeeda which has also been confirmed by PWTorch. The real-life married couple left Impact as part of a talent exodus earlier this year that also saw The Hardys and Drew Galloway eventually return to WWE. Both wrestlers have seen success in various promotions including TNA, ROH, and NJPW, but Kanellis was herself a former WWE superstar, or Diva as they were called back then, before she left the company in 2011.
After departing, Kanellis had some harsh words for Total Divas stars the Bella Twins, accusing them of using their relationships with top WWE stars like Daniel Bryan and John Cena to get ahead in the company, similar to claims that were part of John Cena and Nikki Bella’s feud with The Miz and Maryse that culminated at Wrestlemenia. Apparently, the drama between Kanellis and Nikki Bella began when Kanellis was caught dancing with Bella’s then-boyfriend Dolph Ziggler at a party. Like, OMG. It’s the sort of reality-based drama that will be perfect for a feud on Total Divas, and we’re looking forward to it even more than we are Kanellis’ in-ring return and Bennett’s WWE debut, not that those won’t be pretty great as well.
It’s unknown whether the pair will make their debut on Smackdown or NXT, but it’s reportedly going to be one of those two. If Kanellis doesn’t also score a spot on Total Divas, it will be a tragedy, especially with both Paige and Eva Marie’s future on the show in question.
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