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WWE News: Maria Kanellis responds to criticism of her pregnancy on social media

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Maria and Mike Kanellis
Maria and Mike Kanellis had only joined the WWE in 2017

What's the story?

It was a bit of a surprise when Maria and Mike Kanellis was signed by the WWE, given that they didn’t bring a lot to the ring and even didn’t get a quality push by the business.

The pair have not been seen a lot on television in recent weeks but that was due to the fact that Maria is expecting her first child.

That seemed to tick off a few who vented their rather absurd anger on how Maria could get pregnant when contracted with the WWE but the Slammy Award winner has had a right old swipe at some of her detractors, and rightly so.

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Maria and Mike Kanellis actually started their ‘Power of Love’ angle when they were part of TNA but were signed by the WWE in 2017 and even featured in the Money in the Bank PPV.

However, the pair did share the great news that they were expecting their first child and they have been off SmackDown Live for a number of weeks.

The heart of the matter

The wrestling business is one of the toughest in the world and making it big is tough. Maria getting pregnant while being contracted to the WWE ticked off a number of ‘fans’ and they shared their views on Twitter.

Maria was having none of it and responded in kind on her Instagram where she even shared a picture of her pregnancy and had a right old go at her detractors.


There was one comment earlier that ticked off Maria and she stated that even though she signed with the WWE a few months ago, she had been working since she was 12 and she had a right to get pregnant.

She even swatted away claims that she would not be able to get back into shape after having the baby and added that she would not let people on social media bring her and her family down.

#DivaLadyWifeMom #21weekspregnant “How dare you get pregnant? You can’t workout. And other stupid things people have said to me.” Swipe Right to See them yourself. I think it’s funny that everyone is an expert on pregnancy, including men that can’t birth them and don’t have children of their own. Now, I am not an expert on pregnancy but I do have my OB, PCP, mom, my friends with kids, and my trainer on speed dial. Let’s just analysis the first statement/question: “How dare you get pregnant?” I’m not exactly sure what this means but I can only assume it’s because I work for WWE. I signed a contract with WWE in March and had no plans of getting pregnant until my contract was up. So, yes I have only been signed for a few months this time but, I worked for WWE before. For 5 and a half years. I’ve also been working in wrestling for 13 years. AND I’ve been working since I was 12. I was a bus girl for my first job. Thus, I have been working for 23 years. I CAN get pregnant. I can even stay home while pregnant and have a job because WWE thinks I am important and this baby is important enough to do so. After 23 years of work, do I deserve maternity leave? I think so and so does WWE. Women deserve maternity leave and men deserve paternity leave. It should be a right not a privilege. I will continue fulfilling the obligations of my WWE contract even after the baby arrives so, SMGMB. (Suck My Giant Momma Boobs) Hahaha…… You can’t workout….. Really? Has anyone seen a lioness while pregnant? What if she decides, oh I can’t run today, I’m pregnant? The lioness starves and so does her cubs. Or what happened in colonial times when the men went off to war? Did the farm get neglected? No, she plowed the field and took care of her 7 other children. Women are amazing. Women's bodies are amazing. I will not let people on social media make me feel powerless. Should some women not workout? Of course. But, I don’t have any special circumstances. And if I did then, I would “settle down” as one hater put it. Continue reading here:

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What's next?

While Maria will not be seen on television for a few weeks, there should be some sort of push for Mike, who has become a peripheral figure after breaking into the WWE.

Author's take

The WWE has seen its fair share of pregnancies in recent weeks with The Miz and Maryse also expecting their first child.

While having a baby isn’t something that people should criticise, the fact that Maria being part of the WWE roster and then deciding to have the baby was the problem with a few on social media.

Maria and Mike can have children whenever they want and we highly doubt the WWE would have a clause that prevents them from having one, which would be downright insane and possibly against the law.

A number of female athletes have come back after pregnancies to not only match their performance levels but even get better and we are sure Maria will do the same once she returns to the ring.

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