Maria Kanellis re-signed with WWE despite being unhappy. It shocked many fans and she addressed her decision on social media to explain.
In June, Maria and Mike Kanellis signed contract extensions with WWE. Both were five-year deals that will probably see the two performers finish their careers as part of the WWE family. Ironically, the signings came days after Maria had gone on social media and complained about their standing in WWE and hinted that their contracts were expiring. It left a number of WWE scratching their heads wondering why they wouldn't move on if they were so unhappy.
Maria must have felt some pressure to respond or was tired of the wrong information being out there so she took to social media to explain the couple's decision.
Maria explained after a fan said they would have liked to see her go back to Ring of Honor, "At the end of the day, WWE was where I started and it's where I wanted to complete my career." As many assumed, the offer was likely more enough money to find it hard to say no. She added, "And when they came to the table with the opportunity to have a family and career it sealed the deal. People think they know everything but it's all in the details."
At the end of the day, WWE was where I started and it’s where I wanted to complete my career. And when they came to the table with the opportunity to have a family and a career it sealed the deal. People think they know everything but it’s all in the details. https://t.co/ad4ldTFbnm— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) July 6, 2019
When fans then called Maria out for complaining about her situation then re-signing anyways, she responded. She said:
I’ll still “complain” I have freedom of speech. I also have the ability to change things by using my voice. I.e. first woman to sign a contract with ROH, first woman to work long term with New Japan, etc... you may not like it. But I don’t do it for you.
For some people that wasn't enough so she added, "Talking to the company and stirring the pot on Twitter are not mutually exclusive. You can do both." Proving that reports about her decision were merely speculation, she added, "You have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. Twitter is just one tool in the toolbox. Plus, people like you that don't get it, never will."
Talking to the company and stirring the pot on Twitter are not mutually exclusive. I can do both. You have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. Twitter is just one tool in the toolbox. Plus, people like you that don’t get it, never will. https://t.co/JscRFZoEB9— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) July 7, 2019
What This Means
Maria and Mike Kanellis did what was best for their family. Perhaps she shouldn't have used Twitter to voice her complaints but at the same time, she's correct in her observation that Twitter is a tool for wrestlers to vocalize their disappointment and get WWE's attention.
Clearly, that worked in her case because the couple got offered extensions that will set their family up for life.