Mike Kanellis is best known for his time in Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor (ROH) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the ring name Mike Bennett. He is a former TNA X Division Champion, ROH World Tag Team Champion, and IWGP Tag Team Champion.
Bennett and Matt Taven operate a wrestling school in West Warwick, Rhode Island. On the March 19 episode of 205 Live, Kanellis was able to defeat Akira Tozawa after a distraction from Maria, snapping his losing streak. He went on to feud with Tozawa over the following weeks, culminating in a no-disqualification match won by Tozawa.
In the latest edition of the 411 Wrestling Interviews Podcast, Kanellis talked about his Cruiserweight Championship goals: “I feel ten times — I never felt as good as I’ve felt right now. I watch back some of my matches, and then I watch myself now, and I’m like, ‘Oh geez.’ I move way better.
I get up better, I fall down better. I feel like everything I do in the ring is just better. I feel like I’m more flexible, and that’s just, you know, I’m putting in the time now. I’m preparing myself. I think I took a lot for granted, and to be brutally honest I think I took a lot of my runs before in different companies for granted. And I always say this: getting to WWE and falling flat on my face was the best thing that ever happened to me."