IMPACT News

Moose Replaces Alex Shelley At Hard To Kill

IMPACT Wrestling has announced a huge, last-minute change to the main event of this weekend’s Hard To Kill main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann.

Swann and Chris Sabin will now team with TNA World Champion Moose to face Omega and IMPACT Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers – Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.

An official press release from IMPACT confirmed that Shelly is unable to travel to Nashville.

“Moose replaces Sabin’s Motor City Machine Guns tag team partner Alex Shelley, who informed IMPACT Wrestling late last night that, due to unavoidable circumstances, he would be unable to travel to Nashville for HARD TO KILL.”

IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore also commented on the situation:

“When we got the news from Alex there was no question what we needed to do. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures – I personally contacted Moose and he accepted the match immediately. I know Rich Swann in particular has his issues with Moose. but this is time to put personal issues and egos aside.

“HARD TO KILL is a huge event for IMPACT Wrestling and a historic one for professional wrestling in general. IMPACT Wrestling needs to put our best foot forward. Moose fits that bill. He is a physical specimen, a five-tool athlete, and has proven himself to be a world-class professional wrestler. Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers will have their hands even more full now when they step into the ring with IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann, IMPACT Original Chris Sabin, and the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Moose.”

Moose downplayed the dynamic of teaming with Swann, who the 6-ft, 5-inch powerhouse is widely expected to challenge for the World Championship in the near future.

“I played alongside plenty of guys I didn’t like in football,” said Moose, whose NFL career spanned seven seasons.

Moose recently spoke with Inside The Ropes, where we asked all about a potential match with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega.

“I like Kenny. I respect him. He’s done a lot, obviously, and in the world of professional wrestling. But I don’t have any real problems with Kenny.

“Like, I wouldn’t want to hurt him, if that’s what you’re asking. I mean, I wouldn’t want to hurt Kenny. I don’t have any issues with him. Now, Rich Swann I have a lot of issues with and that’s somebody who I want to hurt. So that’s where my mind is at this present moment. What could happen with me and Kenny in the future, we’ll see. But as of right now, I like Kenny, he’s doing a great job and he’s one of the best wrestlers in the world.”

HARD TO KILL will be available on Pay-Per-View via Fite.