Former ROH World Champion Michael Elgin has responded to reports that he was removed from a recent Pro Wrestling NOAH show because he was arrested for theft.
Pro Wrestling NOAH announced on July 10th that Michael Elgin would miss their Shizuoka show. At the time, no reason for the absence was given.
Several days later it was revealed that he and his tag team partner, Masa Kitamiya would be stripped of the GHC Tag Team Championships.
According to a report from Bodyslam.net‘s Cassidy Haynes, Elgin was pulled from the show because he had been arrested for stealing protein powder and was still in jail at the time.
Haynes went on to say that Michael Elgin could be facing a five-year prison sentence. He also speculated that Elgin might be able to secure a deal where the charges against him will be dropped, although such a deal could mean him never being able to enter Japan again.
Since the report surfaced, Michael Elgin has taken to social media to deny that he was arrested. Instead, he says he is travelling to Canada due to a recent bereavement.
“I’m not going to bother saying what happened, but I am going to say. I was not charged for stealing protein. I’m not charged at all, I am not facing jail time. I’m also not deported. I am going to Canada to be with my family after the passing of an extremely close family member.”
He later followed up with a picture showing him enjoying a meal on the flight, adding that he was travelling first class and it didn’t “seem like deportation”.
“I completely understand people don’t ever want to believe anything other than what they wish were true. I’m not going to debate with people. But, I am on my scheduled flight home. Also, first class. Doesn’t seem like deportation.”