Alex Shelley has issued a statement following his withdrawal from the main event of Impact Wrestling’s Hard To Kill event.Originally scheduled was a six-man tag team match pitting Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers against The Motor City Machine Guns and Rich Swann.Since that announcement, Shelley has been replaced in the match by fellow Impact Wrestling star, Moose.
Impact Wrestling released a video featuring Shelley on its Twitter account where he said:
“There are certain things in life that are just out of our control.Unfortunately, my ability to compete at Hard To Kill has been dropped into that bucket.So, on that note, I owe an apology to Chris Sabin, I owe one to Rich Swann, I owe one to the fans and 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’s happened multiple times and I was looking forward to returning the favour.”
Following up the rumours about his reasons for pulling out of the match, Shelley explained:
“I assure everyone out there I do not have COVID.I am not orthopedically injured.But in the interests of safety, my situation is a very complex one.I put that first, as has Impact management and they are doing their utmost in terms of precautions to make sure that nobody is at risk at Hard To Kill or going forward.”
Shelley then finally made this assurance:
“As a transient figure in pro-wrestling, I promise you that no matter what, I will be back in Impact.You can count on that.”
Outside of wrestling, Alex Shelley works as a physical therapist.He previously missed the wXw 16 Carat tournament held in Germany in 2020.Impact Wrestling will run their Hard To Kill event in front of no fans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.