Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Reby Hardy and Jade Done with IMPACT Wrestling (March, 1st 2017)
In the Past Three Days Some Notably Huge Names have made sudden departures from TNA IMPACT Wrestling, these including three TNA Knockouts, Maria Kanellis-Bennett (who will be leaving alongside her Husband), Reby Hardy (who has departed with the current TNA Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy) and former TNA Knockouts Champion, Jade.
The Duo of Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Mike Bennett debuted on the companies move to POP TV on the first episode of 2016, with both earning respective titles during their stint that lasted over a year, as Mike became a 1x X Division Champion, and Maria became a 1x Knockouts Champion, courtesy of kayfabe forcing her former on screen assistant Allie to lay down and surrender the title to her in the midst of the companies lengthy Knockouts angle featuring Maria and Veteran turned Hall of Famer Gail Kim. After the feud culminated a few weeks after Bound for Glory, Maria was then placed in a continuing angle with Allie, with Brooke being added to the mix, and her final IMPACT Wrestling appearance was this past week, as she played a part in the main event wedding segment featuring Mike, Braxton Sutter, Aron Rex, Rockstar Spud, Laurel Van Ness, Allie, Sienna and Braxton Sutter. Maria had hinted a departure from the business this year beforehand for own outside studies. Neither Maria or Mike have yet commented on the situation.
Reby Hardy has (as noted) departed alongside the Hardy Brothers Matt and Jeff this week. Drew Galloway also joined the Hardys as another fellow talent departing this week, leaving a long list of big names being left out of the home based tapings. Reby had first spoken on the news on Twitter, furthering these comments in an interview with Busted Open Radio on Tuesday, adding that they were continuously chasing the company regarding updates to their contracts. Reby had appeared once for IMPACT Wrestling as part of their Knockouts Knockdown Special. She then supported her Husband Matt Hardy during his ascension in 2015 and turned heel alongside Matt in 2016, also supporting him in his feud with Brother Jeff Hardy, then resuming duties as a babyface when the Hardys reverted to their babyface “Broken” Personas. The angle lead to Rebys first match in two years against now TNA Knockouts Champion Rosemary. Here are the tweets regarding the Hardys sudden departure this week.
I've said it many times:
TNA was the perfect situation for our family & how grateful I was for professionalism/open communication/respect…
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017
…Now think about what kinda negative changes & straight fuckery would have to go down for us to leave 🤔
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017
I hear company folks are pressed & wanna try & paint me in a negative light after today. Should I help em out & clarify a few things ?
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 28, 2017
And the Last Name to be added to the ever so shocking list of departures is former TNA Knockouts Champion Jade. The former SHINE Champion closed her angle with the Knockouts Champion Rosemary on this weeks IMPACT in a Last Knockout Standing Match, expected to not be appearing at this weeks IMPACT television tapings per Squared Circle Sirens, meaning all members of the Dollhouse have left the company within the year. Jade had debuted in 2015 alongside Marti Belle during the companies Night of Knockouts episode of IMPACT as “The Dollhouse” a duo expanded with the addition of Taryn Terrell, who had turned heel that night by allowing Jade and Marti to assist her in defeating Awesome Kong in order to retain her Knockouts Championship. Jade and Marti proved more of an assist to Taryn during her reign to the point where Taryn’s reign had surpassed Gail Kim’s 2nd Knockouts Title reign, though Taryn eventually dropped the title to Brooke later in 2015. In 2016, the Dollhouse Trio disbanded sometime after Awesome Kong left the company due to a legit backstage altercation with Reby Hardy, splitting through the manipulative work of then Knockouts Leader Maria Kanellis-Bennett, a move that eventually lead to Jade capturing her first Knockouts Title, eventually dropped to Sienna at the companies Slammiversary Pay Per View that year. A Newly babyface Jade had since battled multiple times for the title, but had not regained it, even while gaining a push as the “Second Coming” of Gail Kim, which may have hinted Jades ascension as a top babyface in the Knockouts Division. Like Mike and Maria, Jade has yet to give comments on her departure and has not yet changed her twitter handle like Marti Belle to signify these changes, but per Squared Circle Sirens, it is said that she is not resigning with the company.
I Wish Jade, Maria and Reby All the best with their future prospects and endeavors. Stay Tuned to the site for Spoilers from this weeks Television tapings.