Former IMPACT Wrestling star Ethan Page has called the company “greedy” and says they “lied” to his face about his final match, following his departure from the company.
At Hard To Kill, a “cinematic” match featuring Ethan Page and his alter ego Karate Man aired, whereby Page’s heart was ripped out with the line, “I guess you’re not hard to kill after all” uttered by Karate Man – but The North man has opened up about his displeasure at the match and its “lazy” editing.
So if you’re keeping track – Mickie James was pushed in front of a train, The OGz ran over a kid, Luchasaurus had his head smashed with a wrench, Allie was stabbed through the neck, John E. Bravo was shot and Ethan Page had his heart torn out.
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— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
Posting in the Major Wrestling Figure Patreon-exclusive Facebook group, an account from Julian Micevski – the real name of Ethan Page – stated he was taking a social media break, aside from his Patreon account, before his tirade on the match:
“I’m going to take a full blown break from social media. I’ll be staying active on my personal Patreon as much as I can & probably in this group too cuz I love the fig life & u guys. Xoxox. But man …. last night sucked. I’m so embarrassed with how IMPACT! lazily edited that segment last night & forced it to be a joke. I felt the thought of the same guys fighting eachother was comedy enough & the more serious we took it the better the reaction would be.
“But cuz I left the company, they lied to my face & just did what they wanted the whole time. I’m sorry if any of my fans paid for that PPV & felt cheated. I honestly feel the free version I gave away was made with more love, care & attention to detail.”
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— “All Ego” Ethan Page (@OfficialEGO) January 17, 2021
Page went on to reveal how he had “no control” over the creative and how the editor refused to send it to him, so he witnessed it live.
“Sadly I had no control over the creative or the final product & the editor refused to send it to me before hand …. so I saw it live with you guys & was surrounded by family. All scratching their heads at that high school project level delivery on a PPV. I pray ppl know I didnt edit that hot garbage. I actually begged IMPACT! Not to even have Karate man on tv. I only wanted it for my YouTube channel.”
The former IMPACT Tag Team Champion went on to say it “breaks his heart” that IMPACT refuses to respect its talent.
“But … we don’t write the shows. We just get the scripts & do our best. Idk what else to say. Breaks my heart this company refuses to respect its talent or it’s fan base on a regularly basis. I tried. Oh well! Life goes on. That door is closed. Now let’s focus on what’s next. Hope you’re all well. I love all of you for supporting me & helping promote my projects. Because without you guys, karate man wouldn’t have been anything haha. I’m gonna just focus on the good that came of him for my social media & my personal channels. He’s gone now & May he live on in GOOD videos edited by the person who created him. Not stolen by a greedy company trying to capitalize on someone else’s hard work & creativity. Sorry if this comes off so negative. I know I’m usually a positive light for my fans … but today, I need to just be honest. I was lied to. I was hurt. I was disrespected. And I need a break from it all.”