Apparently, Impact has fallen behind on paying talent again. This has been an ongoing issue over the years. Dave Meltzer reports that wrestlers are frustrated because they’re having to wait up to 6 weeks to get paid while they can be paid right after an independent date when they take it. When they’re booked for Impact, they are unable to take indie dates and, as such, have to wait to get paid. Ed Norholm of Impact Wrestling was reached for comment and had this to say:
“Talent is not behind on their pay. We generally provide for talent to be paid as independent contractors in the month following a month in which services are rendered. This was an improvement over previous management, where talent cheques were issued only as the actual episodes aired (could be as much as 12 weeks after tapings before final installments were delivered).
We instituted a payment policy last year to pay for all services rendered in a month in the following month, regardless of when the shows would air. Accordingly, cheques for January were mailed earlier mid-month; cheques for November were mailed mid-December (and I understand got caught up in Christmas mail delays).
We realize that one unexpected impact of moving our corporate offices to Canada has been a further delay with mail services going cross-border. We are working to streamline our talent payroll processing so future events will be paid closer to the beginning of each month after services are rendered.”
Botch Take: Excuses, excuses…. Variations on a theme we’ve been hearing for years. Regardless of all of this, they aren’t going anywhere. I’m convinced that every other company will go out of business before Impact does. Somehow, they manage to stay alive. I want them to do well but they just keep getting in their own way.