Starrcast II is a wrestling convention set to take place between May 23rd and 26th 2019 in Las Vegas. Although the event is not directly associated with AEW, it definitely has links with the new promotion, with Double or Nothing also set to take place live in Las Vegas on May, 25.
Conrad Thomspon, the organiser of Starrcast II, revealed in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated that two of the top stars he booked for the event have unfortunately had to pull out from their scheduled appearances:
“The announcement went wide and viral. I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance. ’Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it.’ I had a friend discuss the situation with Vince McMahon, and I was assured the ‘heat’ wasn’t on me or my event but rather that The Undertaker shouldn’t be doing personal appearances outside of WWE I was assured that damages would be covered, a suitable replacement offered, or some sort of compromise to make everyone happy.”
This comes just one week after it was reported that The Undertaker, who made his WWE return the night after WrestleMania, has also been pulled from the Q&A portion of his Inside The Ropes UK tour at the request of the company.
It is now being reported that both The Undertaker and Kurt Angle have signed new WWE deals that prohibit them from making appearances that the company deems to not be in their best interests. On the matter, Thompson had the following to say about WWE, and was obviously far from pleased with the company:
“I had an agreement in place with the talent. Without exception, I dealt directly with the talent or their management, they set their terms, and I complied. First class travel accommodations were made and marketing was done. Now, thanks to the influence of WWE, the performers are missing out on substantial income and the fans are being punished.”
Thompson would go on to add that he suggested Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon or Triple H as possible replacements, and said he would donate 100% of the proceeds to Conor’s Cure, and match the donation personally. Conrad also said that he tried to secure Shawn Michaels as a replacement, but HBK declined due to Starrcast’s links with AEW.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.
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