According to Mike Johnson at PWInsider, both have decided to not re-sign after their contracts recently expired. The report states they are finished and will not be appearing on the tapings set to tape just two days from now.
The couple debuted on Impact in January of 2016 and were both featured players in the last year. Maria Kanellis was a major part of the Knockouts division as the division’s top heel, and brought some life to a dull scene.
Bennett, who was nicknamed the Miracle, had a big feud with EC3 early last year, being the first person to ever pin him in the company. He also had feuds with Moose and Cody Rhodes.
The exodus of wrestlers who were featured heavily last year like the Hardys, Drew Galloway, and Maria and Mike Bennett are likely to give fans more of a reason to turn away from the product and lose even more faith in the historically poor management. It could always just be business, but having news of talent leaving daily, is not an ideal look for a struggling promotion.
It also leaves a hole of talent that needs to be filled. Former TNA wrestler Matt Morgan has recently said he’ll be back on TV and it’s easy to guess that will be Impact. But if they want to stay afloat, Impact will need to sign more big names to replace who they’ve lost, especially an act like the Hardys who were clearly TNA’s biggest draw.
Where do you see the couple ending up? Are TNA in trouble again?