After a long absence, Mike Kanellis returned to the 205 Live episode of February 14, 2020 where, together with Tony Nese, he defeated Ariya Daivari and The Brian Kendrick. On April 15th Kanellis was officially released by WWE, and with him also his wife Maria Kanellis.
With his then-girlfriend Maria Kanellis, he worked as part of The Kingdom, winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship with Matt Taven. Also, since ROH has an alliance with Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), the stable made some appearances in the country, winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
Bennett and Taven operate a wrestling school in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Bennett left ROH in 2015 and then sign a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he won the TNA X Division Championship. In 2017, he joined WWE alongside his wife, whose maiden name was used as his ring name, where he has held the WWE 24/7 Championship two times.
In a long interview with WrestleTalk, Kanellis discussed his WWE release: “So, I mean in the sense that in my head it was always like if there is going to be releases, it’s probably going to be me and probably going to be my wife, just because my wife has been out on maternity leave and they were doing anything with me.
I had already asked for my release in the past, but we did work things out after that. I didn’t want it to happen during a pandemic. I think that’s a hard thing to explain to people, not to go off topic, but there are a lot of people who are like ‘well he did ask his release’, which I did, but my wife never did and I want to get that clear, my wife was happy to stay there.
But it’s like, you thinking’s the back of your head, yes I did ask for my release, but no one wants to be released in the middle of a pandemic. You ask for your release when you think you can go and do other things. I asked for my release because I wasn’t working and I wanted to work”.