Impact officials comment on departures & talent contracts Submitted by Aaron Rift on 02/23/2018 at 10:01 AM
During a recent interview with metro.co.uk, Impact Wrestling's Don Callis spoke about the recent departures:
"Hereís the problem with the narrative that goes around with that. Iím not knocking wrestling journalism because it is what it is, but the narrative thatís been kicking around is that all these people are leaving.
Thatís fine, and thatís true, but the context is not there. Are we okay with them leaving based on the new talent? They talk about who has left, but a lot less about who came. Yes, EC3 is a tremendous performer, heís gone on to NXT and we wish him all the best. But, people just say heís left, they donít say that Brian Cage or Austin Aries debuted.
We use a lot of sports analogies around here. If you have new Head Coach for a team, theyíre going to change talent and theyíre going to draft new players that fit their particular system. Thatís what weíre doing. It is a process, there will be more people coming in."
Scott DíAmore also commented on talent contracts:
"Itís a false narrative that we donít have talent under contract. The vast majority of our talents are under long-term contracts. Take a look at the departure of Bobby Lashley. He was under contract to us until almost Summertime this year. When he had other opportunities, we made a decision as a group that we were okay facilitating his release earlier than anticipated. Contracts are going to come up and will need to be renegotiated on an ongoing basis, but thereís only a small number of talent that are going to have deals coming up in the next six months. The talent weíve been bringing in have been signing one or two year deals. People are always scared of change. EC3 was a great talent, but people are talking as if heís irreplaceable. What was he before he came to Impact Wrestling? He was a guy who had been in developmental and never really panned out. You look historically at this company and the people who have come here and built a reputation, and when they leave, people think theyíre irreplaceable. Well, what was Bobby Roode before he came here? Or Eric Young, or AJ Styles?"