At last night’s IMPACT Wrestling Hard To Kill show, Ethan Page worked a pre-taped cinematic match with The Karate Man, which is a gimmick Page started using on his YouTube channel.
While many fans seemed to love the final product, Ethan Page clearly wasn’t a fan of what he saw, and posted the following apology to fans on his Patreon this afternoon:
I’m going to take a full blown break from social media. I’ll be staying active on my personal Patreon as much as I can & probably in this group too cuz I love the fig life & u guys. Xoxox. But man …. last night sucked. I’m so embarrassed with how IMPACT! lazily edited that segment last night & forced it to be a joke. I felt the thought of the same guys fighting eachother was comedy enough & the more serious we took it the better the reaction would be.
But cuz I left the company, they lied to my face & just did what they wanted the whole time. I’m sorry if any of my fans paid for that PPV & felt cheated. I honestly feel the free version I gave away was made with more love, care & attention to detail.
Sadly I had no control over the creative or the final product & the editor refused to send it to me before hand …. so I saw it live with you guys & was surrounded by family. All scratching their heads at that high school project level delivery on a PPV. I pray ppl know I didnt edit that hot garbage. I actually begged IMPACT! Not to even have Karate man on tv. I only wanted it for my YouTube channel.
But … we don’t write the shows. We just get the scripts & do our best. Idk what else to say. Breaks my heart this company refuses to respect its talent or it’s fan base on a regularly basis. I tried. Oh well! Life goes on. That door is closed. Now let’s focus on what’s next. Hope you’re all well. I love all of you for supporting me & helping promote my projects. Because without you guys, karate man wouldn’t have been anything haha. I’m gonna just focus on the good that came of him for my social media & my personal channels. He’s gone now & May he live on in GOOD videos edited by the person who created him. Not stolen by a greedy company trying to capitalize on someone else’s hard work & creativity. Sorry if this comes off so negative. I know I’m usually a positive light for my fans … but today, I need to just be honest. I was lied to. I was hurt. I was disrespected. And I need a break from it all.
Page has accused IMPACT Wrestling of lying to him and not letting him see the final match that was edited. The former Tag Team Champion wanted fans to know that he didn’t edit the match, which he called “hot garbage”.
Interestingly, Page has also suggested that he didn’t want to turn The Karate Man into a character on TV, but was “begged” by those within IMPACT Wrestling.
It’s incredibly sad to see Ethan Page, who has also deleted almost all of his tweets, leave IMPACT Wrestling in this manner, as his contract is now up. Reports have suggested that Page will either be heading to WWE or AEW over the next few weeks/months.
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