By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Evolve issued a public statement on Friday regarding the situation with Impact Wrestling pulling the LAX tag team from a pair of Evolve events next month. “Evolve officials were contacted by LAX and informed that they were needed for something else that weekend,” reads Evolve’s statement. “No other explanation was given. Impact Wrestling didn’t contact Evolve officials and left it up to LAX. There is no heat on LAX as WWN understands the situation they were put in. Evolve officials had told LAX that the plan was to have matches with Evolve Tag Team Champions The Street Profits of Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins that weekend. Evolve was informed that LAX would not be able to lose in those matches.”
“In order to avoid any political issues, Evolve made one night a triple threat match and the other night a six man tag. This would give the fans the LAX vs. Street Profits matches they wanted, while protecting all parties politically. Unfortunately, Impact Wrestling waited until the matches were announced and then pulled the talent the next day. This all could have easily been avoided by not allowing LAX to take the dates in the first place.”
Evolve also added that it will no longer book Impact Wrestling talent. “Evolve will no longer consider booking Impact Wrestling contracted talent moving forward,” reads the statement.
Powell’s POV: We’ve heard Evolve’s side of the story via the statement above. I’d be more than happy to run Impact’s side of the story, but they have not responded to a request for comment made earlier this week. Impact officials have been talking about “open borders” for some time now. Impact officials have every right to change their minds, but I still feel for their contracted wrestlers in that they could miss out on potential bookings.
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