Mike Kanellis has requested his release from WWE.
Kanellis announced the news on Twitter today, though he didn't reveal whether or not WWE has responded to his request:
Today I asked for my release from WWE. I want to thank everyone in the company who has helped me out and who I have shared a locker room with. I love you all. I've been with the company for almost 3 years and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. However it is time for me to move on. I am only 34 years old and feel I have way to much left in the tank.
Working 1 day a week is just not going to cut it for me. I came to WWE to work and that opportunity does not exist right now. I re-signed with the company back in June because I thought it was what was best for my family, and maybe from a financial standpoint it was. But I quickly realized that bringing my work frustrations and misery home with me, is not good for my family and I no longer want my daughter to constantly see me come home defeated, sad and angry. It's not fair to her or my wife. Being a pro wrestler was and is my lifelong dream and I'm just not ready to give that up yet. I wasted 4 years of my life addicted to drugs and not caring, when I should have been having the best matches of my life. Now that I am clean, sober and motivated, I want to have those 30 minute matches. I want to travel the world and wrestle in front of UK crowds, German crowds, Japanese Crowds. I want to feel the love and excitement wrestling once gave me. I also want my daughter to be able to see me wrestle. I want her to see her daddy work for his money. I've never been ok with just collecting a paycheck and I can't in good conscience tell my daughter she has to work her ass off to get ahead in life, then not do it myself. I don't know what the future holds, but for the first time in a long time, I'm hopeful and excited. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and had my back. I love you.
Tye Dillinger (now known as Shawn Spears) publicly announced that he had requested his release this February and had it granted. Luke Harper revealed that he had requested his release in April, but WWE didn't grant it. Harper returned to WWE television last month as part of Erick Rowan's feud with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
Mike and Maria Kanellis signed new contracts with WWE this June, with Dave Meltzer reporting that they're five-year deals.
In July, Maria announced that she was pregnant with her and Mike's second child. Her pregnancy has been worked into WWE storylines as part of an angle where Maria has been humiliating Mike.
Mike appeared on this past Friday's 205 Live episode and helped Brian Kendrick win his no disqualification match against Akira Tozawa. Mike wasn't listed in the draft pools for either night of the WWE Draft.