Mike Kanellis, the character, seems a little adrift right now. Since debuting with his wife Maria at Money in the Bank in June, he’s lost a feud with Sami Zayn and is an odd man out on the SummerSlam card.
There are rumors going around about why that might be the case, or what it means for his WWE future. Those probably aren’t a huge concern to Michael Bennett, the man behind the character, right now. Bennett revealed earlier today (Aug. 15) via social media that he’s recently stopped taking painkillers after three years of active addiction which almost cost him “everything”:
This picture was taken this year. It symbolizes my decision to get clean from an addiction to prescription drugs. A problem I kept hidden from my wife, my family, my friends, everyone. It has haunted me for almost 3 years, ever since I dislocated my knee cap. It really started to spiral out of control this past year and a half. I almost lost everything. Finally I decided I couldn't keep hurting my wife or myself this way and I was going to get my life back. This picture was my way of making my beautiful wife laugh, during one of the most difficult times in our life. Without her, I would be lost. She is the strongest, toughest woman I know. She has been my rock and my reason for fighting. She has been with me every step of the way and I'll say it again, I would truly be lost without her. It feels so incredibly wonderful to have my life back and to focus on what truly matters. Life has never been better, and everyday is a blessing. I wanted to write this as a symbol of hope, to anyone who is battling addiction. It can strike anybody, in any place, at any time. It does not discriminate. It can and will take everything from you. If you are struggling, please don't give up hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you are not alone. I have your back. #thereisalwayshope
His decision to come forward as a way to inspire and support others struggling with addictions is admirable, and a great use of the platform being signed to the biggest wrestling/sports entertainment company in the world provides.
And now that he’s been under contract to WWE, Kannellis has access to the company’s recovery resources, so hopefully with that in addition to Maria and the rest of his own support system, he can stay sober and continue to motivate others for a long time to come.