In a rather surprising move, it would appear that Killer Kross has requested his release from Impact Wrestling according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.
According to the report, Kross had signed a multi-year deal with the company last year that pays him per date. Kross was reportedly unhappy with the financial aspects of the deal, and tried to renegotiate a guaranteed contract worth six-figures per year based on what he feels his value is outside of the company. Kross apparently also has some issues with creative, but the main concern was financial.
Impact reportedly felt that Kross was offered the deal when he wasn’t very well known and he became a star on their platform. They apparently countered with a new restructured three-year deal, however it was “well below” the six-figures that Kross was requesting. Kross turned down the deal and requested his release last week. It was noted that the release was not granted, and Impact has no plans to let him go. Johnson added that the relationship between Kross and Impact remains professional.
In September of 2018, it was reported that both WWE and NJPW were interested in signing Kross. Kross eventually signed with Impact and has several more years on his contract.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: It does not surprise me in the slightest that Kross has asked for his release. With AEW starting, the bidding wars have started and he may feel like he can get more money from either AEW, NJPW or WWE. If Impact does indeed release Kross, it will be interesting to see where he decides to take his talents. I also wonder if his real-life girlfriend Scarlett Bordeaux would leave with him if he is released or if she will just stay with Impact.