Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are staying with Ring of Honor as they’ve signed new deals with the promotion.
Back in April 2020 due to budget cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bennett and his wife were released by WWE. They made their return to the Ring of Honor last year.
Bennett clarified to Fightful Select that they signed entirely new contracts with Ring of Honor, which replaced the original agreement the duo had into June.
This makes them full-time with ROH. Back in February, Maria noted during an appearance on Table Talk that they were signed with ROH on a short-term deal.
Bennett has been teaming with Taven as the OGK while Maria is interacting with fans on ROH The Experience. Kanellis is also slated to work the ROH Women’s Championship Tournament this summer. ROH sent out the following:
MIKE BENNETT RE-SIGNS WITH ROH
Ring of Honor is pleased to announce that Mike Bennett has re-signed with the company.
Bennett returned to ROH last fall after a five-year absence and reunited with longtime best friend Matt Taven to form The OGK.
Having overcome personal demons and professional frustration during his time away from ROH, Bennett has shown that he’s better than ever.
Bennett’s roots in ROH run deep. He won ROH’s first Top Prospect Tournament in 2011 and went on to form The Kingdom, which would become one of ROH’s top factions, with his girlfriend (now wife) Maria Kanellis, Matt Hardy and Adam Cole.
Taven later joined The Kingdom, and he and Bennett won the ROH World Tag Team Championship and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
MARIA KANELLIS-BENNETT RE-SIGNS WITH ROH
Ring of Honor is pleased to announce that Maria Kanellis-Bennett has re-signed with the company.
The First Lady of Professional Wrestling returned to ROH in December after a five-year absence to announce the launch of ROH The Experience and her involvement in the groundbreaking fan-engagement initiative. She will continue to play a vital role behind the scenes in ROH in addition to being an on-air talent.
Kanellis-Bennett made her ROH debut in 2011 and went on to be a founding member of The Kingdom, which would become one of ROH’s top factions, with her boyfriend (now husband) Mike Bennett, Matt Hardy and Adam Cole.
After Matt Taven joined The Kingdom, Kanellis-Bennett led him and Bennett to the ROH World Tag Team Championship and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. She also wrestled on occasion.
Outside of pro wrestling, the former WWE Diva of the Year has appeared in reality shows, including “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and graced the cover of Playboy.