By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Killer Kross appeared on the Wrestling Perspective podcast with hosts Petey Williams and Dennis Farrell and confirmed that he asked to be released from his Impact Wrestling contract. Kross said he never asked for anything he didn’t think he deserved or could contribute back. “But I was led to believe it was not available,” Kross said. “If you get to a job and are told that something you are looking for is not available, and then you find out six months later that that’s not true. it has been available and others have it, you can imagine that you’d be a little disparaged to put it lightly…
“To be clear, I was totally fine at the end of the day with what I chose to accept. That’s my responsibility and accountability as an adult. That’s fine. But when there’s a certain setting that has been cultivated and then you find out that it’s not entirely accurate once you’re six months deep, it will make you f—ing angry. I don’t know how else to say it, it makes you f—ing angry. It kinda makes you feel like they took you for a little bit of a stroll, so to speak.”
Kross also took issue with being told to find another job in addition to his work in Impact Wrestling. “When I brought all this up and we tried to talk about supplementing incomes and stuff like that, being told to go and get another job by your job, that’s f—ed up. You’re struggling to make ends meet, taking care of people, and your job you barely can afford to have tells you to go get another job so you can keep that job. It’s like working at a corporation and being told to go work at McDonald’s. It’s a weird feeling.”
Kross also said his relationship with Scarlett Bordeaux was not the reason she asked for her own release from Impact. “I can honestly tell you it has zero to do with me. I don’t want to speak too much because this is a totally separate story, but I hope that that situation gets rectified because in my opinion it’s worse than mine. That’s all I’ll say about it, but it has nothing to do with me at all. People don’t understand, she lives at home with her mom, still has a side job. She works a side job to support her wrestling. For where she’s at with things, it really shouldn’t be that way, in my opinion and I think that a lot of people would agree with me. She’s doing the absolute best that she can and I think where she’s at right now is so far beyond what she’s being compensated for. I think it would turn people’s stomachs if they knew the details about that.” Listen to the interview at WrestlingPerspectivePodcast.com
Powell’s POV: Kross said he was upset that the story got out because he is still happy in Impact. He confirmed that his decision to ask for his release was financially motivated. The company rejected his request. Kross also spoke about suffering a severe concussion during a match with Brian Cage and how it changed his perspective in that he’s a minimalist who doesn’t need much to keep him happy, but he also has people who depend on him. He expressed some frustration when it comes to being in the ring with someone making six times more than him when consumers perceive him as being at his opponent’s same level. Kross stressed that he’s not upset with anyone in Impact and he will continue to work for the company and do the best he can, but he has to figure out “how to make everything work for myself and for the people I need to take care of.” It’s a tricky situation and Kross isn’t alone in terms of signing a contract with a company, increasing his value to the point that other companies would pay more, yet being contractually bound to a deal. It’s a very good and highly recommended interview.
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