Tonight at Money in the Bank, the rumors of Maria Kanellis‘ return to the WWE proved to be true!

Maria alongside her husband Mike Bennett, making his WWE debut and taking on Maria’s last name Kanellis, saluted the WWE Universe with a message of finding love within one another after seven years and plans of passing along the same power of love message to everyone on SmackDown Live.

Maria worked for the WWE from 2004 to 2010, debuting as part of the first televised Diva Search. She would later debut in Ring of Honor in late 2011 alongside Bennett, who was with ROH since 2008. The pair made their Impact debut at the start of 2016 and in the same year captured the Knockouts and X-Division Championship respectively.

What do you think of the Bennetts in the WWE?

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  • Ilovekpop

    Welcome back Maria! This is so random but I really like their theme song lol it’s so romantic LMAO! Also, their gimmick is so different from the other couples we’ve seen. Maria is so hardworking and a really positive person. I hope them success in their WWE run!

  • QueenSableBomb

    YAAAAAS QUEEN MARIA

  • Vito

    the gimmick is already annoying, but happy she’s back

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    The segment felt pointless but WWE is giving Maria way more attention than Mike. This is completely different than I expected but if someone can make anything work is Maria. Isn’t she gorgeously amazing?!

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      It was to promote the power of love!

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        LOL! It didn do much for me, I hope she uses her heel tactics!

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    YASSSS. She did that tonight. And the reaction was great for her. It’s sad how she’s gotten more reaction than Mickie in this current run. Goes to show you that they should’ve booked Mickie differently for her return. But yay for Maria! I’m excited to see what WWE has in store for her.

    • Degenerous Boss

      I think they realized what they messed up about Mickie’s return and decided to do a re-debut the right way with Maria

      • Dylan Gutierrez

        Mickie should have debuted as a face on RAW and gone after Charlotte instead of Becky who was the least threatening of the HW at the time.

        • Degenerous Boss

          I follow agree

        • Justin Bebier

          Yea because facing Becky was the reason she gets no reaction and not because they made her a lackey for a Rookie in Alexa. Least threatening? At that time Bayley never won the title yet.

          • Dylan Gutierrez

            Becky was an underdog and already feuding with Alexa. Mickie wasn’t needed in that storyline period given how quick it ended. Had she debuted on RAW and had a feud with Charlotte would have definitely done wonders with a former champion taking on the gloating “history maker.” It would have fit the disgruntled legend feeling underappreciated more than Becky who wasn’t gloating nor going on about history making. No need for the rudeness.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          I agree Mickie should have went to Raw from the start.

          • Dylan Gutierrez

            The matches her and Charlotte would have put on would have been great and garnered a huge backing from her.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            She could have been a challenger for Charlotte other than Bayley and Sasha.

    • Jaded

      Mickie’s debut isn’t the reason she isn’t getting a reaction

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        It is. If she would’ve debuted attacking the champion instead of being a sidekick, she would’ve got a bigger reaction.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Her reactions aren’t even that bad. Like can people quit mentioning it? Mickie gets pops, she isn’t gonna get a large roaring pop, especially when she’s been booked sloppily.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Okay… that’s the point I’m trying to make… she’s not getting good reaction because they’re booking her sloppily. Go away. You’re just repeating what I said.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Okay but like why do ppl gotta keep saying it? Like okay. She’s a veteran anyway already headlined mania’s and was cheered as the heel as Trish was booed and was face. Love both queens tho.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Because we can and she deserves to be treated with respect from the fans. And not like some newbie who’s just joined wrestling.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            But like I said she gets pops. Not huge ones but she gets reactions.

          • Windyhawaii

            you always say the stupidest crap that just comes through that vacant hole of a head don’t you?

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            “Stupidest”… that’s all.

          • Windyhawaii

            uhm lol, it’s a word. Exhibit A

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            No I’m saying coming from you that means nothing

          • Windyhawaii

            That didn’t make any sense, go back to your cave

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        You are wrong. Did you saw the crowd reaction on NXT for the segment and for her match? Making her heel was wrong, in her SD debut, people were confused (and that was a good thing) but loosing to Becky didn’t really made her the top heel. The booking has been terrible, but the past few weeks she’s been getting better reactions.

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      Mickie got a bigger reaction on NXT, however, Maria having a bigger reaction in the long run makes more sense. Mickie’s last run with TNA was forgettable, while Maria made a name for herself in ROH and TNA. She’s not really a wrestler but an entertainer. Mickie is my favorite of all times but WWE messed up really big since her return. The last 2 two weeks she has received better reactions, her wrestling still top notch. If WWE ever gives her the opportunity and a long match, she might be back on track.

    • Nathan

      Yep! I still feel for Mickie!

  • Spiteful Dark Angel #ABliss

    Y’all bitch for everything just enjoy the women lol.

  • Spiteful Dark Angel #ABliss

    Anyway the right person got the briefcase tonight :))

  • vincecabrera

    Lol @ the fact that Mike took Maria’s last name. ???

    • Spiteful Dark Angel #ABliss

      Queen

    • Best part about their gimmick.

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    • QueenSableBomb

      Iconic

    • ralfikh

      It show Maria have more influence/popular thn Mike.
      Refreshing!

      • No boo! Wwe did want to use Mike Bennett cause he used it on the indies and in impact

    • B J

      It will have something to do with their storyline, aka a breakup down the line perhaps

    • Exotic

      She is THAT bitch. Queen.

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      That is how you know, WWE has more faith in Maria than they do on Mike.

      • No boo! Wwe did want to use Mike Bennett cause he used it on the indies and in impact…

        • CauchemarBlond

          What in the world are you talking about… Do you mean that WWE couldn’t use the original name that Mike Bennett used to use(literally Mike Bennett) because it was used in other indie promotions? If that’s so, no.

  • Welcome back Maria! The reaction she got was amazing, and we could have some interesting storylines here. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVgJP-RAC2z/?taken-by=wwe

  • Aye Mate

    Maria can be to Smackdown what Maryse is to RAW. And hopefully Mike Bennett will come off just as much as the Miz has since being paired with his own wife.

  • Memo Soto

    Is Maria to first one to have pass for WWE, ROH & TNA?

    • vincecabrera

      Femalewise, I believe so.

    • and NJPW

    • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos

      mickie james?

    • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos

  • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos
    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      I get you. But she still injured and doing great in the indies. I really want it her back too but after seeing what they did to my Mickie and scared that they might do the same to Melina. I only want her back in WWE if they treat her with the respect she deserve and if the put some effort into a Melina vs Mickie fued.

      • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos

        lol she could always be a great manager/character though. But yeah if she could wrestle that would be awesome. I’m happy for maria tho & i liked her heel character in TNA

      • Jaded

        Sweetie no one wants to see a Melina and Mickie fued .

        • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos

          omg literally every fan except you wants to see it

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          For real…

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Um speak for yourself

    • Exotic

      They should have her compete at the Mae Young classic thing and then eventually sign her to a MR contract. Similar to what happened to Brian Kendrick.

      • ILoveMelina(Real ILM)Yiorgos

        She has a knee injury atm :( so i’m not sure if she’ll heal in time. but that would have been great

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Lmao

  • B J

    That better not be their theme! Love them, hate their music!

  • Peta

    Lol I miss Maria’s music though. But that mic promo is cringey. Why is Maria dragging the words lol

  • Don ?

    Welcome back Maria but her husband has an odd haircut.

  • vincecabrera

    Just out of curiosity will they be face or heel? They just seemed mushy without stating what side they’re on?

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      She has heel mannerisms and her delivery reeks of her TNA character’s tone so more than likely heel.

      • vincecabrera

        True. My biggest guess is that they only took her back cause she shined as a heel during her TNA stint.

        • Dylan Gutierrez

          Definitely, when you succeed outside of WWE and become a big name, they try to sign you.

          • vincecabrera

            Holy shit! I have you on my Facebook!
            This is a crazy coincidence!

          • Dylan Gutierrez

            I do?! Lord, I’m so lost with whom I’m friends with! Say hi sometimes! It feels nice talking WWE with other fans!

    • LaurenYorkStan

      Did you really just ask this lol

  • Don ?

    It’d be hilarious if Maria brought the Kiss Cam back. It’d intertwine well with this ‘Power of Love’ schtick they have going on. ?

  • Malcolm James

    Can’t wait to see all the people’s that was drag her in TNA and ROH magically start loving her and call her Queen

  • Bryskers

    I always love to see a beautiful couple on my screen. I wonder what WWE has in store for them both.

  • A?.

    I’m happy to see her back! She got that pop and I’m crying at him taking her last name, lol. But yeah, I’m sure she’ll be a great valet and hopefully she gets to wrestle.
    P.D: I miss Legs Like That :(

  • I wasn’t really here for it, but I’m here for Maria, I can’t wait to see what she can and will do, oh, and Mike, too.

  • trishlita721

    I’m just hoping their not connected to each others hip and allow maria to branch out and do her own thing like on impact….. She pretty much ran that place for a year.

  • Nikki’s Sister

    These are the amazing mic skills everyone’s been talking about? Ok. I hope they’re not gonna be this cheesy for long. I don’t think I can take it also lool at him taking her last name.

    • Raekon

      They would be less cheesy if they would let her speak herself but since the writers and Management tells them what to say, I doubt we will get less cheesy stuff to hear. :(

    • Windyhawaii

      I’m guessing TNA probably has a hold on bennet cause I was wondering why he changed it to kanellis too

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      This new character is weird but she does have great mic skills.

      • Nikki’s Sister

        Not really getting that vibe right now. Hopefully it was just nerves or something.

  • Mark

    Queen. That confidence on the mic though. Other women on the roster need to take note (minus Lana cause she slays the mic all day every day. And Summer Rae too).

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      Agreed!

    • Jaded

      Alexa?

      • Mark

        Oops. Her too

    • wwepassion

      Maria was not that good she was decent and isn’t better than Charlotte,Alexa,Nikki,Lana. Calm down.

  • Martin Trombley

    This is gonna be as close as they can get to what they did in TNA as a slap in the face to Jarrett bcuz its WWE and WHY NOT!!!! LOL…

  • Luiz Giem

    I’m so happy for Maria and Mike. He is a great talent and deserves to be in the WWE and I missed Maria a lot! I hope they let Maria slay on the mic or give her an authority role, that would be fantastic.

    Really looking forward to see what SD has in store for them.

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    WWE really has dumped entrance videos for a cheap Powerpoint slide with the performer’s name. Lord.

    • Windyhawaii

      The entrance videos are displayed at the top of the ring, but I don’t like that either I think it should be the other way around

    • Exotic

      It irks me how basic and ugly every entrance video is. Theres no excitement watching it, its just has a Word font writing plastered on the screen.

    • Gabriel S.

      The entrance videos are shown on the “scoreboard” at the middle of the arena, at the ceiling. they are still quite bad, though.

  • HeelMase

    Seriously so excited! I really hope WWE has something big planned for them. And I kind of dig the new theme music! ?

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I’m glad they kept them heel. I was worried what their gimmick would be if they went face. But I totally love it. The annoying talk show host couple with her being puppet master wife with her husbands balls in her purse. Never been done before and I love it!!!

  • It sounds like she’s reading a script lol I need her to get natural

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    The fact that Maria is more over now than Mickie James

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Girl no. Mickie always gets steady pops. Plus loses all the time. Yet every time she gets on the mic she gets decent cheers.

    • Jaded

      She was more over than Mickie towards the end of her run .I still remember the pop she got when she came back from celebrity apprentice

      • DivaFactz

        Maria was NEVER more over than mickie. None of the babyfaces from Mickie era was more over than her lmaoo you tried though!

        • Jaded

          Lol… Melina got bigger reactions than Maria in many occasions, Maria and Kelly too. Lol

          • DivaFactz

            None of them had reactions like Mickie. Any time Mickie tag teamed with any of them, Mickie ALWAYS got the bigger reaction. Even when Mickie and Maria was on Smackdown and tag teamed together, Mickie reaction was ALWAYS louder than hers. Lol so don’t say Maria was over more than Mickie, cuz that’s a damn lie lmao

          • Jaded

            Melina was having bigger reactions than Mickie towards 2009 ,2010.They barely tag teamed within these periods, they were always on separate brands.

          • DivaFactz

            Lmao are you crazy!? Mickie James became super over when she got to to Smackdown to the point girls were wearing her merchandise. WWE was receiving death threats cuz of the Piggie James story. Melina NEVER got better reactions than Mickie during that time period. WWE knew Melina wasn’t as over as Mickie, that’s why they turned her back into a heel with no problem. Lmao once Mickie became babyface she never was turned back into a heel because WWE knew she was the most popular babyface. Even Michelle Mccool said Mickie was the most over babyface lmao even MARIA said Mickie was the top babyface lmaooo EVERYONE knew Mickie was the most over babyface in her era.

          • Jaded

            You would have made your point without calling me crazy, as I made mine without calling you crazy. Melina and Mickie were hardly on the same show within this time period, so it is hard to gauge their reactions and it is worth noting that when Melina turned heel, Mickie was already fired from the company. The pop Melina got when she made her return to face Alicia was more than anything Mickie has ever gotten in her career.

          • DivaFactz

            I wasn’t literally calling you out your name. Lmaoo Melina return?? https://youtu.be/eK2OfeM8XlY : Melina return crowd reaction
            Vs
            https://youtu.be/eK2OfeM8XlY : Mickie James music hitting crowd reactions.

            Lmaooo Melina was nowhere near the level of crowd reactions of Mickie James

          • Jaded

            So where did all those reactions go? Why is she now treated with total silence

          • DivaFactz

            Only hardcore WWE fans knows Mickie James. The wrestling business is a fast paced business and fans come and go. Majority of the fans out in the crowd today aren’t the same ones that were out there wearing Mickie hats 7 years ago. Times has changed. When Trish came back for the little Wrestlemania gig, her reactions weren’t the same either. Mickie even stated in a interview like a year ago that when wrestlers go out on injury WWE quickly tries to replace them. So wrestlers would try to hurry up and heal so fans wouldn’t forget about them and move on to the next best thing. Mickie got a great response down in NXT but WWE ruined that momentum she had by bringing her in as a heel to the main roster. So any excitement that new and old fans had went down the drain and then her booking as of late isn’t helping nor getting anyone excited when her music hits.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        She never came back after that, she got released while it was going on. Obviously the Apprentice was pre-taped though. But still, stop lying.

        • Jaded

          She came back and won diva of the year. Lol…. I remember everyone was enraged, cos they thought Melina should have won

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            that shit was rigged, she got released in february 2010. so like 2 months later.

  • I love their theme. Hopefully they jump right into a feud. I do worry that anything they do will closely resemble the stuff miz and maryse is doing on RAW.

  • HOLLA

    YESSSSSSS <3

  • Rosanna

    Unfortunately Maria has the same contract as Maryse. She’s strictly a valet but if asked to wrestle she will. I kind of expected her to be a valet anyway but more of a elevated role like she had in TNA. But It seem liked there face and I can’t believe they let her get away with the ” First Lady of professional wrestling ” slogan seeing as if Miss Elizabeth is the First Lady of professional wrestling and she’s deceased. But I hope she has her own theme music and he has his own but when they come out together they share the same theme song the one they debuted with.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      And let’s hope they don’t ask her lol

      • Rosanna

        We all know she can’t wrestle compared to everyone else sadly. She’ll just be holding everyone back. Maybe she can wrestle Lana until she gets better, idk! She should at least went down to the performance center but most likely there not going to ask her to wrestle unless it’s for John and Nikki.

    • Robin Zabriskie

      nah she is not going to wrestle, like maryse (wm exception)

    • Lushluke

      She’s obviously a heel ?

      • Rosanna

        It’s not obvious she’s a heel just because she played a heel before wwe doesn’t mean she’s one now. There isn’t even any story development going on yet to even decide we’re there going.

  • Callisthenes

    Welcome back Maria! Not sure if I am a fan of this gimmick though. She managed to annoy me but not in a good way. That segment comes across as way too cheesy and wished she could have speak faster and cut down on the lovey dovey stares a little.

  • This was totally not what I was expecting and I loved every second of it. She worked so hard for this moment and she got the reaction she deserved. I’m so proud of her. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a69cb41deade1b381df55cb7e4e4c56a3eb9aea1e65837adee112bf12bce9f6.gif

    • MK126

      ???

  • Chris Perry

    nice

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I hated this. I’m sorry. Excited for Maria a little even though she is NOT in any way shape or form the “First Lady of wrestling” sooooo stupid. Mike Kanellis as well? Omg cringe.

    • Robin Zabriskie

      well if nikki cross can be the best in the galaxy there is hope right?

      • Lushluke

        Haha what

        • Robin Zabriskie

          nothing, old story

    • Jaded

      Charlotte is no queen either, if we can live with that, we can certainly live with first lady.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Charlotte can wrestle and is way more iconic than Maria sweetie.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      It’s a nickname… Charlotte is the Queen, Sasha is the Boss… Makes her marketable. She’s been called like that for years now in the indies (and TNA).

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        But it doesn’t work for her

        • Queen doesn’t work for charlotte either

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Yes it does. She is legit a queen and wins every title. You just probably say that because her saying queen makes you feel some type of way.

    • QueenSableBomb

      Miss Elizabeth is shook

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        She’s rolling in her grave at this

        • QueenSableBomb

          I love Maria but you so right lmao. Miss Elizabeth probably looking down like “um?”

  • Looking Glass

    Still using the same tone of voice for every heel promo…

  • ?K . A . T ?

    Good to see the two of them in the E, I’m dying at Mike taking her last name, that was pretty funny. I strongly dislike their theme though.

  • Exotic

    I WANTED TO HEAR “HERE SHE COMES LIKE GOOD MEDICINE”
    SHE BETTER NOT CHANGE HER THEME

    • Jesus’s brother

      No, it was horrible

  • Sass.

    I think the segment did it’s job. From that one segment it established that Maria wears the pants and they’re both going to be insufferable. It got me hyped to see what’s next.

  • ThePeaceVibe.

    I’m happy to see Maria back, she always was entertaining to me. Her husband deserves a shot in WWE.

  • Davis, M

    Is she going to wrestle or be a valet?

  • LaurenYorkStan
  • I was so shocked when they enter the arena and the fans reaction was good. Maria is back and with her husband. SO glad SD Live! Will be filled with power of love.

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