NASHVILLE, Tenn. — We’re starting to see some contract news coming out of IMPACT Wrestling. On Friday, former IMPACT World Champion Sami Callihan would receive a two-year contract renewal. Another roster member, Ethan Page, was not so lucky and is entering free agency.
Page refuses a new deal, enters free agency
There was much speculation regarding the contract status of Page over the past several weeks. Dave Meltzer would recently write the following in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
“Ethan Page, who is no longer with the company, as he decided to sign a new deal,” Meltzer writes.
Page declining his renewal offer also has some unexpected consequences. Tag team The North, with Josh Alexander, will be disbanded. Additionally, IMPACT is completing the process of removing any remaining merchandise in relation to Page or The North.
The pulling of merchandise may entail a prelude of moving onward to WWE. However, Meltzer states, that there is nothing confirmed on that front.
Anything is possible, so Page may seek other pastures, such as Ring of Honor, NWA, or AEW. He could enact the jump to WWE as a nuclear option.
Callihan receives new IMPACT deal, indirectly heckles Page
Meanwhile, Callihan was not impressed with Page’s departure. He would take to Twitter in response.
“Today marks when I WOULD have been a FREE AGENT,” Callihan states. “I just RE-SIGNED with IMPACT, two years for BIG money.”
Callihan would continue to state that he did receive other offers, but did not care about them.
He would retort, “This is MY company. I made this company. I will be champion again in 2021.”
(Probably some invalid arguments in there. This is in consideration that everywhere AJ Styles goes is “the house that AJ Styles built.”)
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