Backstage Plans On The Maria Kanellis Pregnancy Storyline

Maria Kanellis is currently pregnant with her second child, and WWE has tied it into a lengthy storyline with her husband Mike.

Since revealing her pregnancy, Maria has often berated her husband - going as far as to saying that she'd get Becky Lynch to impregnate her instead. Things went even further on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw - where Maria continually informed Mike that he's not the father of her child.

At her gender-reveal celebration party, Maria told Mike that Ricochet was actually the father of their child. An angry Mike challenged Ricochet to a match, which the latter won. But the storyline didn't end there.

Maria appeared and said that Rusev was actually the father, not Ricochet. Following a lengthy hiatus, The Bulgarian Brute appeared and defeated Mr. Kanellis in a separate match.

Well, the storyline is only going to grow from here. In regards to who the storyline father is, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News) reported that WWE will "build to that as a mystery for a ratings boost." And rather than running this as a legitimate storyline, WWE will actually use this as "a running joke" segment.

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This storyline has seen a handful of 24/7 Championship reigns as well. On one occasion, Maria ordered her husband to lie down so that she could pin him to become the new champion. A week later, Mike pinned Maria while she was lying down at a doctor's examination table to regain the title - but R-Truth was there to win it back moments later.

Paul Heyman is in his third month as the new Raw Executive Director, and he hasn't been afraid to bring back some more adult-oriented content on his show. Like the angle or not, WWE is going to roll with it for the long haul.

What's Next For Maria and Mike

At the start of the year, it was reported that Mike and Maria asked to be released from their contracts, and they hadn't been used much on television. But the two ended up signing new deals, and WWE has used them in this humorous angle. Both Mike and Maria have been excellent in the whole pregnancy storyline, and Heyman's going to have a lot of fun using these two over the long run.

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