Mike Bennett

Nov 11, 2014 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Michael Bennett
Height: 5’11
Weight: 220 lbs.
Date of birth: May 16, 1985
Born: Carver, Massachusetts
Pro debut: 2002
Trained by: Steve Bradley & Bob Evans
Finishing move: MIP

Biography

– Bennett began his career in his native northeast, competing primarily for NECW
– On June 23, 2006, Bennett entered and won the TRP Kowalski Cup, defeating Joe Chece, Romeo Roselli & Slyk Wagner Brown on his way to victory
– On September 1, 2006, Bennett defeated Spike Dudley in a Street Fight to win the NRG Heavyweight Title
– On January 5, 2007, The Metro Men (Mike Bennett & Bryce Andrews) defeated Chunky But Funky (Scott Ashworth & Sonny Goodspeed) to win the TRP Tag Team Titles
– On March 12, 2007, Bennett appeared on WWE Heat, teaming with Danny Jaxx in a loss to Cryme Tyme (JTG & Shad Gaspard)
– On April 6, 2007, The Metro Men defeated The Alden Brothers (Eric & Shane) to retain the TRP Tag Team Titles
– On April 9, 2007, Bennett made another appearance on WWE Heat, teaming with Bryce Andrews in another loss to Cryme Tyme
– In June 2007, The Metro Men defended the TRP Tag Team Titles against Joe Chece & Vain, Brutus Beefcake & Kristian Frost and Johnny Angel & Freightrain
– On July 27, 2007, The Metro Men defeated Chuck Deep & Nick Nilsin to retain the TRP Tag Team Titles
– On October 26, 2007, The Metro Men defeated Sabotage (JC Dillinger & Eddie Edwards) to retain the TRP Tag Team Titles
– On January 11, 2008, Bennett made his ROH debut, defeating Rhett Titus in a dark match, before losing to Daniel Puder on the main card
– On June 27, 2008, Bennett again entered the TRP Kowalski Cup. He defeated Brian Fury & Frankie Arion before losing to Jason Blade in the final
– On April 4, 2009, Bennett defeated Stevie Richards to win the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On July 12, 2009, Bennett defeated Jimmy Preston to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On August 30, 2009, Bennett defeated Matt Taven in a TLC Match to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On September 18, 2009, Bennett defeated Isys Ephex to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On October 6, 2009, Bennett contested a TNA dark match, losing to Kip James
– On November 6, 2009, Bennett defeated Ken Anderson to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On November 21, 2009, Bennett defeated J Freddie to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On New Year’s Day 2010, Bennett defeated Kenny Dykstra to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On February 5, 2010, Bennett defeated Colin Delaney to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On February 21, 2010, Bennett defeated J Freddie in a No-DQ Match to retain the TRP Heavyweight Title
– On March 6, 2010, Bennett returned to ROH, teaming with Brandon Locke in a loss to Antonio Thomas & Bob Evans
– On July 17, 2010, Bennett made his TV debut, teaming with Andy Ridge & J Freddie in a loss to The House Of Truth (Christin Able, Josh Raymond & Roderick Strong)
– On December 3, 2010, Bennett defeated TRP Interstate Champion Guy Alexander by countout
– In January 2011, Bennett entered and won the ROH Top Prospect Tournament, defeating Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Andy Ridge on his way to victory
– Bennett made his PPV debut at ROH’s 9th Anniversary Show. He defeated Grizzly Redwood, Kyle O’Reilly & Steve Corino in a Four Corner Survival Match
– On January 10, 2011, Bennett fought ROH Television Champion Jay Lethal to a time-limit draw
– At ROH’s 10th Anniversary Show, Bennett defeated Homicide
– At ROH Showdown In The Sun, Bennett defeated Lance Storm
– On April 26, 2012, Bennett defeated Robbie E to win the vacant PWE United States Title
– On July 12, 2012, Bennett defeated Carlito with Maria Kanellis as special guest referee to retain the PWE United States Title
– In September 2012, Bennett entered the CHIKARA King of Trios Tournament as part of Team ROH alongside Nick & Matt Jackson. The trio made it to the finals, defeating The Faces of Pain (Barbarian, Meng & The Warlord), The Extreme Trio (Jerry Lynn, Too Cold Scorpio & Tommy Dreamer) and Team Sendai Girls (DASH Chisako, Meiko Satomura & Sendai Sachiko) before losing to The Spectral Envoy (Frightmare, Hallowicked & UltraMantis Black)
– At Glory By Honor XI, Bennett defeated Mike Mondo
– On Decemeber 6, 2012, Bennett defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in a Cage Match to retain the PWE United States Title
– At Final Battle 2012, Bennett defeated Jerry Lynn
– At Supercard of Honor VII, Bennett defeated Shelton Benjamin
– On August 10, 2014, Bennett made his Japanese debut, teaming with Adam Cole to defeat Captain New Japan & Jushin Liger
– On October 10, 2014, Bennett married his long-term girlfriend Maria Kanellis
– On October 25, 2014, Bennett defeated The Romantic Touch to retain the Title of Love
– At ROH’s 13th Anniversary Show, The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett) defeated Karl Anderson (whose partner Luke Gallows was unable to make the show) and The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) in a 3-Way Match
– At NJPW Invasion Attack ’15, The Kingdom defeated The Bullet Club (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On April 26, 2015, The Kingdom fought RPW Tag Team Champions The Thrillers (Joel Redman & Mark Haskins) to a no-contest
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’15, The Kingdom (Bennett, Taven & Maria Kanellis) defeated The Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson & Amber Gallows)
– At ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds ’15, The Kingdom (Bennett, Taven & Adam Cole) defeated The Bullet Club (AJ Styles, Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson)
– At ROH/NJPW Global Wars ’15, The Kingdom defeated Matt Sydal & Jushin Liger
– At ROH All Star Extravaganza VII, The Kingdom defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) and The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
– On October 23, 2015, The Kingdom defeated The Addiction to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– At Glory By Honor XIV, The Kingdom, Jay Lethal & Roderick Strong defeated The Addiction, Dalton Castle & Moose
– On November 13, 2015, The Kingdom defeated reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– In December 2015, Bennett announced that he would be leaving ROH following the expiration of his contract at the end of the year. It was widely reported that he had signed a deal with TNA
– In January 2016, Bennett and Maria made their TNA debuts
– At One Night Only: Live!, Bennett defeated Robbie E
– At Joker’s Wild ’16, Bennett & Drew Galloway defeated Big Damo & Jimmy Havoc
– At Sacrifice ’16, Bennett defeated Ethan Carter III
– On June 10, Bennett defeated Kongo Kong to win the vacant EPW United States Title
– At One Night Only: World Cup ’16, Bennett defeated Jeff Hardy, but his team went on to lose to Hardy’s team in the final
– On the June 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Bennett defeated Eddie Edwards to win the TNA X-Division Title. He defended it against Braxton Sutter the next week, before losing it back to Edwards again.
– At One Night Only: September ’16, Bennett defeated Braxton Sutter
– At Joker’s Wild ’17, Bennett & Braxton Sutter defeated Crazzy Steve & Tyrus
– On January 20, Bennett defeated TK O’Ryan with Ricky Steamboat as special guest referee to win the XWA Heavyweight Title
– In February 2017, Bennett and Maria left TNA
– On March 3, Bennett defeated TK O’Ryan to win the NEW Heavyweight Title, but would lose his first defense to Cody Rhodes
– Bennett and Kanellis debuted in WWE as a duo at the 2017 Money in the Bank PPV
– In September 2017, Bennett took time away from WWE due to taking a stint in rehab
– Kanellis was drafted to Raw in the 2018 Superstar Shakeup, though would rarely appear on the show before moving to 205 Live in October
– Kanellis and wife Maria were released by WWE on April 15, 2020

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