Earlier this week, Impact Wrestling stars LAX were pulled from upcoming EVOLVE events in December due to political reasons. The duo were scheduled to face NXT tandem The Street Profits, who are the current EVOLVE tag champions.
EVOLVE issued the following statement on the situation, which seems to shed some light on Impact’s current relationship with WWE, which was previously thought to be fairly healthy.
“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.”
According to The Wrestling Observer, Impact officials did not want LAX appearing on a show that would end up streaming on the WWE Network, nor did it want them losing to fairly low level NXT talent, as they felt it would make them look weak.