During Sunday night's premiere episode, former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis posted numerous messages on Twitter slamming the twin duo's real-life characters—she has claimed multiple times in recent weeks that Nikki and Brie prevented her from returning to the sports-entertainment organization earlier this year through political means. This drew a great negative reaction from fans on the social media outlet. Her boyfriend/fiancee, Ring of Honor wrestler Mike Bennett, posted a statement on Twitter on Monday defending her right to speak out.
"Funny that the same people who complain about what's wrong w wrestling, are the same ones who blast someone when they speak out against it," Bennett wrote. "Nobody gets anywhere by going w the crowd. stand up for what u believe in, or just keep ur mouth shut and follow blindly."
He continued, "I respect someone who has the b-lls to speak up,and if that makes them bitter and jealous. What does it make the ones who r afraid to speak."
Kanellis added, "Family, fancy, friends, dogs, morals, and career are all things I will ALWAYS protect. No one has the right to do damage to my future."