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From the WWE Rumor Mill: SmackDown Live Superstar to return after WrestleMania 34

Johny Payne
SENIOR ANALYST
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4.10K   //    17 Feb 2018, 00:18 IST

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Kanellis, during his very brief stint on SmackDown Live in June last year

What’s the story?

Reports suggest that SmackDown Live Superstar Mike Kanellis could return to WWE's TV programming after WrestleMania 34.

A few key details on the same have also been revealed.

In case you didn’t know…

Mike Bennett has performed in several notable professional wrestling promotions since 2002, including ROH, NJPW and Impact Wrestling.

His wife Maria Kanellis, having previously competed in the WWE from 2004 to 2010, returned to the WWE alongside Mike in June of last year. 

The heart of the matter

While Maria and Mike Kanellis portrayed their ‘Power of Love’ gimmick on SmackDown Live, Mike is said have garnered considerable backstage heat last year, owing to WWE management feeling that he isn’t working as hard as he ought to be on his physique, after signing with the WWE.

Resultantly, Mike Kanellis was booked as little more than an enhancement talent in the months that ensued, and following the couple announcing that they’re expecting a baby, Maria and Mike have been off WWE’s television programming owing to her maternity leave.

Furthermore, the vast majority of professional wrestling industry experts now believe that Mike Kanellis is set to make his comeback on WWE TV programming- likely SmackDown Live- after WrestleMania 34.

Additionally, a recent social media post by Mike Kanellis has served to further fuel rumors of his return to SmackDown, as he seems to be training hard and staying in shape for his imminent in-ring return.

#motivationmonday Put in the work when no one is watching #processoveroutcome #wwe #sdlive @wwe

A post shared by Mike Kanellis (@therealmichaelbennett) on

What’s next?

Fans can expect Mike Kanellis to make his SmackDown Live return after WrestleMania 34 this April.

On the other hand, his wife Maria Kanellis is expecting a baby girl, and could be out of action for the better part of 2018.

Author’s take

Honestly speaking, Maria and Mike Kanellis seemed to be perfectly sliding into the skin of their characters on SmackDown Live.

While time away from the spotlight usually diminishes an individual’s brand value, in Mike’s case it seems to be quite the opposite, as he has used the in-ring hiatus to get into tremendous shape.

Meanwhile, here’s Maria’s recent appearance at RAW 25, another reminder of how awesome this woman truly is.

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Johny Payne
SENIOR ANALYST
Martial artist and combat Lover from Goa, India. Can be reached at johnypayne121@gmail.com
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