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Mike Kanellis Explains Why He Has Asked For His Release From WWE

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 14, 1999) – WWF SmackDown!

On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.

It was broadcasted from Birmingham, Alabama and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Mercy 1999’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Handicap Match: Kane vs. The Acolytes

2. Chris Jericho vs. Mr. Hughes

3. WWF Hardcore Title: The Big Boss Man vs. Al Snow vs. The Big Show

4. Val Venis vs. Stevie Richards

5. Terri Runnels Invitational: The New Brood vs. Edge & Christian

6. The Godfather vs. Mideon

7. WWF World Tag Titles: The Rock’n Sock Connection vs. The New Age Outlaws

• Mike Kanellis Explains Why He Has Asked For His Release From WWE

Former 24/7 Champion Mike Kanellis revealed on Twitter that he has asked for his release from WWE. Below is his explanation for this:

“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 a$$ 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.”

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