It has been reported by Fightful that while setting up a match backstage, a brawl broke out between Impact stars Michael Elgin and Sami Callihan.
It is unclear if this is the reason Elgin was released from the company or if it was due to recent #SpeakingOut allegations.
Impact have not officially made a statement either way.
Scott D’Amore reportedly was forced to step in and break the two men up.
“Fightful was told that the two recently were setting up a match that also involved Ken Shamrock, and disagreed on how the match should start. The disagreement escalated to the point where the two ended up fighting and Scott D’Amore had to step in. Not that it’s related, but IMPACT also released a statement today stating that Elgin will no longer appear on their programming. He was involved in the planned Slammiversary main event, and a Team Canada tease.”
Elgin has issued a statement on Instagram following the announcement:
“I appreciate the time and opportunities given to me with Impact. That locker room, the film crew and all the company officials were a pleasure to be associated with. I hope that in time things get sorted. For now, I have to look at the bright side, I have more time to spend with my son and reclaim time that has been missed.”
Elgin’s Instagram account has subsequently been deleted.
Elgin’s release follows a number of other stars being released from the company including Joey Ryan, Dave Crist and most notably, the IMPACT World champion Tessa Blanchard.
The Slammiversary card subsequently has been drastically changed. The announced card is as follows:
- IMPACT Wrestling World championship: Ace Austin vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Trey vs. TBA
- IMPACT Knockouts championship: Jordynne Grace vs. Deonna Purrazzo
- IMPACT X-Division championship: Willie Mack vs. Chris Bey