Alex Shelley made the following remarks after IMPACT Wrestling announced he was unable to participate in the scheduled main event at Hard To Kill on Saturday.
“There are certain things in life that are just out of our control and unfortunately, my ability to compete at Hard To Kill has been dropped into that bucket. So—I owe an apology to Chris Sabin, I owe one to Rich Swann, and I owe one to the fans.
I owe a receipt to the Good Brothers and Kenny Omega. I don’t like getting beat up by you, but I’ve accepted that that’s happened multiple times, and I was looking forward to returning the favor. So, you will get that in the mail, you will keep the yellow copy.
I assure everyone out there—I do not have COVID. I am not orthopedically injured, but in the interest of safety, my situation is a very complex one. I put that first, as does IMPACT management, and they are doing the utmost in terms of precautions to make sure that nobody is at risk at Hard To Kill, or going forward. However, as a transient figure in pro wrestling, I promise you that I’ll be back in IMPACT. You can count on that.”
On Friday, Shelley was replaced in his match by Moose. The Hard To Kill main event will now see the team of Rich Swann, Chris Sabin and Moose take on AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers.
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