WWN sent out an email Friday afternoon to officially confirm news that broke earlier this week — that Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions LAX have been pulled from this December’s EVOLVE events due to political reasons between the two promotions.
LAX were originally announced to face NXT Superstars The Street Profits (also the EVOLVE Tag Team Champions) in two different matches, one a triple threat tag team match, and the other a six-man tag team match, after Impact management allegedly demanded that their champions “not be allowed to lose” in their matches.
Plans were made to protect both EVOLVE, NXT and Impact politically, which generally means that other people were inserted into the bout(s) so that neither of the parties in question had to actually suffer the loss. However, after waiting for EVOLVE to officially announce the matches to the public, Impact pulled their talent from both shows.
The email specifically states that whole situation “could have easily been avoided by not allowing LAX to take the dates in the first place”, and claims that they will “no longer consider booking Impact Wrestling talent moving forward.”
Here’s the official statement:
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.