Released WWE star refuses to return under current management

Unless there is a drastic overhaul of WWE management/ownership, Maria Kanellis Bennett refuses to return to the company.

Kanellis made his feelings known by responding to a fan on Twitter, as seen below.

Following Vince McMahon’s resignation as CEO and Chairman of WWE last month, Kanellis said she hopes to see a corporate culture overhaul, which she says will only be possible under a new direction.

“Hopefully the company will be bought out by someone/a company that will treat WWE like a business and not like a boys club,” Kanellis wrote on Twitter. Health insurance, pension plans, parental leave.

Kanellis added: “Vacation days, childcare and a clear direction for the future. It will be a stressful time for many people who work there. Hopefully the CORPORATE CULTURE will change. And people will always have jobs they love to support their families.

Afterwards, Kanellis commented on McMahon’s brief promotional segment on 6/17’s “SmackDown” which aired hours after the first WSJ story alleging that McMahon paid $3 million in ‘silent money’ to a former paralegal with whom he and John Laurinaitis allegedly had sex. Kanellis felt that McMahon was “disrespectful to hurting women” while appearing on live television.

“Isn’t that disrespectful to injured women in this situation? This is no joke,” she wrote on Twitter. “WWE’s culture of fear and abuse of power is no joke.”

Kanellis has not yet commented. the second WSJ story this dropped on 7/8, which alleged that McMahon signed NDAs with three other women he had sex with.

Kanellis has worked for WWE twice – 2004-2010 and 2017-2020. The second stint ended as part of WWE’s budget cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

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