Impact Wrestling releases Eli Drake

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Impact Wrestling announced the end of their business relationship with Eli Drake (a/k/a Shaun Ricker) on Sunday. “Impact Wrestling announced today that it has terminated its relationship with Shaun Ricker, known as ‘Eli Drake’, reads a statement at

Powell’s POV: Drake declined to face Tessa Blanchard in an intergender match at Thursday’s United We Stand pay-per-view. Drake offered something of an explanation in tweets listed below regarding intergender wrestling and a face off involving Killer Kross and Jordynne Grace. Impact Wrestling creative team member Jimmy Jacobs disagreed in his response to the tweet regarding Kross and Grace. Sadly, Drake has been spinning his wheels creatively in Impact Wrestling since he dropped the company’s top title in February 2018. While there’s two sides to every story, a change of scenery can’t hurt at this point.

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Eli Drake is to good for TNA, He should be in AEW or back to NXT

    • You had no idea who he was until TNA developed him. Now he’s too good? He wasn’t too good when he debuted in TNA green as grass.I love Eli Drake but the grass is always greener outside of TNA until the reality of EC3 and Matt Hardy comes to mind.

  2. A change of scenery can’t hurt? Well EC3, Matt Hardy, Mike Bennett, Maria, Laurel Van Ness all beg to differ.

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