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EVOLVE announces that they will not book Impact Talents for shows anymore

On Monday 26 November EVOLVE announced that current Impact World Champions Lax will be working a couple of their upcoming shows and compete in matches involving some WWE talents.

However less than 24 hours after this, news broke out that Impact Officials have pulled Lax from these shows, without giving a proper explanation on the situation.

While not confirmed, the biggest speculation behind the reason for this sudden move is that Impact didn’t want their talents to lose to WWE Stars in these shows.

Whether or not this is actually true should be revealed in the future, but for now World Wrestling Network has sent out the following statement, announcing that EVOLVE will no longer be booking Impact Talents for their shows:

We are sorry to inform you that Impact Wrestling has pulled LAX off the upcoming EVOLVE dates.

EVOLVE officials were contacted by LAX and informed that they were needed for something else that weekend. 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 will no longer consider booking Impact Wrestling contracted talent moving forward. EVOLVE officials are currently working on a replacement and will have news early next week.

We apologize for the lineup change, but assure you that EVOLVE will produce something special on for EVOLVE 117 December 15th in Queens, NY and EVOLVE 118 on December 16th in Deer Park, NY. Thank you for your support.

  • CC

    Maybe not handled that well by Impact, but if the stories of WWE stopping UK talent working promotions that have wrestlers from the likes of Impact and RoH etc on the cards, is it any wonder Impact would pull the same kind of tactics.
    I actually do not blame any promotion for imposing rules like this, but it should all be done upfront and not leave smaller promotions hanging. If it is true about NXT UK, then at least it is in the contracts and nobody is going to be left in the lurch at the last minute like this.

    I remember several years ago when TNA and RoH fell out, and TNA put restrictions on talent not being able to work RoH shows and made their wrestlers pick sides with guys like Joe and AJ staying with TNA and guys like CM Punk siding with RoH.