By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The Impact Wrestling management team of Ed Nordholm, Don Callis, and Scott D’Amore spoke with Newsweek’s Tufayel Ahmed and addressed the departure of Jeremy Borash. “[Borash] is leaving and joining the WWE,” Nordholm said. “We wish him all the best. He’s a talented guy and has been with the company forever. But we have a lot of talented guys—change is good and it gives other guys a chance to step up.”
D’Amore addressed the departure of EC3, who appeared on the NXT Takeover: Philadelphia broadcast. “His contract was not up,” D’Amore said. He came to us, we had a frank discussion about where he saw himself going. We decided to sit down and work something out that worked for us on how we’d wrap up this portion of his career.”
Nordholm confirmed the departure of Bobby Lashley from Impact Wrestling. “Bobby is free to figure out what he wants to do next, whether it be wrestling or mixed martial arts,” he said. “We wish him all the best. He’s a great talent, it’s foolish to say, ‘No, we wouldn’t want to retain him,’ but he has his own ambitions about what he thinks is good for him next in his career.” Read the full story at Newsweek.com.
Powell’s POV: The bottom line is that Impact Wrestling could not afford to pay EC3 and Lashley the type of money they were paid in the past. EC3 leaving early saves the company money. Thus, it was a wise move for Impact Wrestling to turn the page. As frustrating as it may be for Impact Wrestling fans to see some big names leave, it’s encouraging for the long term good of the company that parent company Anthem recognizes the need for financial restructuring. Don’t be surprised if there are at least a couple more departures before summer. Hopefully the company will eventually settle in on a fairly consistent roster consisting of affordable talent with key pieces they can build around.
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