Two former Impact Wrestling stars, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis, are reportedly close to signing or have a signed a contract with the WWE.
Kanellis, as you may recall, is no stranger to the promotion having worked for WWE in the past for close to half a decade. Bennett, however, has been a fixture of the independent circuit with stops at Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor being two of the biggest.
“According to Sportskeeda, former Impact Wrestling stars and real life married couple Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis have either signed or are very close to signing WWE deals.”
“The report adds there has been discussion as to whether or not the duo would debut on Smackdown Live or NXT, and the decision appears to have been made. If the duo does debut on WWE Smackdown Live, it will likely be after the upcoming WWE Backlash PPV, as the card for that event is reportedly full. However, if the duo debuts on NXT, it could be as soon as the next TV tapings which take place this week.”
This certainly sounds like their arrival is imminent barring any last-minute changes.
With Smackdown Live! losing several high-profile talents in the Superstar Shakeup, it’d be make sense to have the couple debut on the blue brand. NXT would make sense, too, but with only an hour of television each week and a large roster, there may not be as much room for growth on NXT for the couple.
Bennett and Kanellis officially parted ways with Impact Wrestling on Mar. 1.