According to recent reports, former ROH and NJPW stars Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are expected to begin work for the WWE very soon. The pair could make their television debut as early as next week.
Bennett and Kanellis signed with WWE in April following a stint with Impact Wrestling. Prior to that, the couple had worked ROH and NJPW for a significant amount of time. The pair was originally thought to make their debut not long after signing, but that was eventually delayed by WWE due to creative plans.
Kanellis, of course, worked at WWE for many years in the past (2004-2010). She originally took part in the Diva Search competition prior to being signed by the company. Kanellis has been a vocal critic of the Bella twins in the past, claiming that they prevented her from re-signing with the company at one point. However, Kanellis has commented recently that she and Nikki Bella have spoken and worked out their differences. Mike Bennett has never worked for WWE.
The pair will be part of the WWE SmackDown Live brand. PWInsider reported the pair will be starting on the house show circuit this weekend. However, there are no SmackDown Live house shows scheduled for this weekend. If the PWInsider report is correct, they would be working RAW house show events this weekend in Canada before heading to St. Louis for Money In The Bank on Sunday, a SmackDown house show Monday in Indianapolis, or television on Tuesday in Dayton.