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WWE: Mike Bennett was meant to play Sister Abigail alongside The Fiend

EXCL: Ex-WWE star Mike Bennett was meant to portray Sister Abigail alongside 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt

Bennett was offered a very different role (Pictures: WWE and Ring of Honor/Mike Adams)

Mike Bennett has revealed an astonishing WWE plan which would have seen him play Sister Abigail on TV.

The Ring of Honor star – who faces Jonathan Gresham tonight (July 11) for the Pure Championship at Best In The World – has opened up on one of the more unusual pitches made to him during his time in Vince McMahon’s company.

He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘Early on when Bray Wyatt turned into The Fiend, Vince was always high on having Bray lead a group for some reason – he always wanted him to lead a group.

‘We were about a week away from making it happen where me and Eric Young were gonna be part of Bray Wyatt’s group. We were gonna actually be – they were gonna bring to life the puppets.

‘Each puppet was gonna represent an actual person. I don’t remember, there were talks that I was gonna be Sister Abigail and Eric Young was gonna be a buzzard.’

Bennett, 36, admitted he was happy with the idea and a chance to take on a very different role, although the old adage of ‘plans change’ turned out to be true in this instance, and it never made it on screen.

‘It was one of those things where, “You guys will play these characters”. He’s portraying them as the puppets [in the Firefly Fun House], but then they’ll come to life. I thought it was really cool, I was ready to sink my teeth into it,’ he said.

‘But then like most stuff there, right before it happens they’re like, “Oh yeah we’re not doing that anymore”. You’re like, “Oh, oh OK cool. That would have been a really cool spot but I guess I’ll go sit in catering.” ‘

Fans were disappointed with the creative direction for Mike and his wife Maria Kanellis during their time with the company, and the way their relationship was handled on the show.

However, the talented grappler explained he didn’t see things exactly the same way, even if he didn’t always agreed with the decisions being made.

Former WWE superstars Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis

Mike understood they were playing characters (Photo: WWE)

‘The stuff with me and Marie that made people cringe, that was one of those things where I was completely, 100% a company guy. In my head, I’m playing a role on television. You hired me to play a role,’ he explained.

‘At the end of the day, yes, that is my real wife but we are playing characters on television. That’s why I always think you should have credits at the end of the wrestling show. Even if it’s “Mike Bennett’s playing Mike Bennett”, who cares?

‘I’m still playing someone else that’s not me as a person. This person right now is not who you see on television. It always blew my mind when people were like, “Did it bother you?” I’m like, no, because it’s make believe, it’s pretend!’

He compared it to the idea of an actor portraying a twisted killer in a drama, noting that he’s baffled by the way some fans and people in the business look at their on-screen roles.

He added: ‘It’s like if I was to go and get a role in a TV show and I played a serial killer, you wouldn’t come up to me and be like, “Does it bother you that you have to kill all those people?” No, it doesn’t, because it’s make believe and I’m pretending!’

Bennett has a renewed focus and excitement for the business now (Photo: Ring of Honor/Mike Adams)

When it comes to the work Bennett’s doing now – particularly as he prepares for his Pure Rules match with Gresham – he’s concentrating on ‘wrestling as a sport’, rather than the more outlandish areas of the business.

‘I’m very much in the zone where I really like to focus on wrestling as a sport. I think it’s because it’s such a contrast with how I used to be. I always viewed wrestling as sports entertainment,’ he admitted, noting he can still enjoy that side as a fan and performer.

‘Now I’m very much big into the NOAH, big into All Japan, and that’s why I love the Pure division in Ring of Honor because it truly focused on the sport of wrestling, which I think is an incredibly fun aspect to focus on!’

After a tough time in WWE, Bennett – who got clean and dealt with his painkiller addiction – has a renewed ‘confidence’ in himself as a wrestler, and he’s looking forward to proving his worth to ROH in a very different way during his current stint.

I’m kinda at the point where I’m really confident in what I’m doing. I think that confidence parlays into me just having a lot fun,’ he smiled.

‘Having my eyes opened to NOAH and this and that, I was like, oh my God, there’s just this whole different arena of wrestling that I haven’t even dove into. And then you throw in the fact that Ring of Honor used to work with NOAH, and then I started going back and watching all those joint shows.

‘I don’t know, it gave me a love for wrestling but it even gave me more of an appreciation for Ring of Honor too and the history. I just started becoming a fan again, of everything, and it’s been really cool!’

*Ring of Honor: Best In The World airs Sunday night (July 11) at 1am. UK fans can watch the show via Fite TV.

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