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Unhappiness over creative and pay has led to a rift between Impact Wrestling and Killer Kross, PWInsider.com has learned.

We have been told by numerous sources that Kross, 33, has been unhappy with the current multi-year deal he signed with Impact a year ago and has requested a raise in pay, based on what his market value could be outside of Impact Wrestling. We are told that Kross has also raised some concerns about how he is being used from a creative standpoint, but the major issue that has caused the schism between the two sides is financial.

Sources indicate that Kross, unhappy with his current pay scale, pushed for a six-figure guaranteed deal that would bring him far more than he was currently making working for Impact.

The Impact side of the story is that Kross was offered and agreed to a deal a year ago when he was relatively unknown (on a national level) and that Kross agreed to those terms. Now that Kross has had a year on their TV (raising his profile obviously) and voiced his financial concerns, we are told that Impact countered with an offer for a new, restructured three-year deal but that that money offered was well below the six-figure per year deal Kross was looking for. We are also told that Kross’ current deal pays him by the date, while he was seeking a more guaranteed deal that would pay him a base salary vs. paid by the date booked, since many Impact contracts don’t guarantee a set number of dates per year – and that Kross was pushing for a guaranteed salary.

After turning down the restructured deal, sources indicate that Kross asked for a release from his Impact contract a week ago, seeking to explore his options elsewhere. Kross has had WWE tryouts in the past and we are told there’s been interest in him there and in other places in recent months, so it wouldn’t be a far-fetched notion in the current pro wrestling landscape that he’d likely to secure a spot somewhere.

Thus far, we are told Kross' request for a release has not been granted and that Impact has no current plans to offer him a release. Kross, who debuted for the company in 2018, is under contract for several more years based on the deal he signed in 2018.

Relations between the two sides remain professional, we are told.

Kross appeared on the Impact tapings in Philadelphia as part of a program with Eddie Edwards, so he will be on TV for the next several weeks. Impact’s next TV tapings are in New York City in early June, which would be Kross’ next expected appearance.
Source: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/126409/impact-star-requests-release-after-negotiations-to-restructure-contract.html?p=1

The word making the rounds tonight at the Impact Championship Wrestling event in Queens, NY is that Scarlett Bordeaux officially requested a release from her Impact Wrestling contract late last week.

In checking with multiple sources this evening, PWInsider.com has confirmed that Bordeaux indeed asked for her release from her deal, which is said to pay her per appearance and is not a guaranteed deal.

Bordeaux officially came on board with Impact last year and has been given a strong push as the sexy temptress "Smokeshow." Originally trained by Jimmy Jacobs and Truth Martini, Bordeaux broke into the business in the Chicago area and has worked previously for Ring of Honor and AAA, among other promotions. Of late, she has been aligned with Fallah Bah and recently completed a program with Disco Inferno.

Bordeaux, 28, is believed to be under contract to Impact until later this summer. There is no word yet whether the release will be granted. She recently worked the TV tapings in Philadelphia and would next be scheduled to appear for the company at the NYC TV tapings in early June.

As PWInsider.com reported last week, Killer Kross recently requested his release as well, but has been told the release will not be granted. The promotion, however, recently granted the contractual release of Gursinder Singh.
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Interesting. I do feel like they've underutilised him. They had a great way of bringing him in, he had a badass theme song. The pairing with Austin Aries was intriguing at first and we all expected an eventual turn. Then Moose joins the fray, and the whole shenanigans with Aries occur. From there, it's been pretty much downhill. The Kross/Impact storyline has been dragging on for a long time and it didn't go the route I anticipated. Kross is by far their best piece of character work on the roster. Shame, really.
 

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Wow, that’s a guy I wouldn’t want to lose given his position in Impact. Great look, can talk, and decent enough in the ring.

His time in Impact and LU really opened a lot of eyes to him. I can’t help but wonder if he ends up in a place like NXT or AEW or even places like MLW.
 

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Hopefully they don't give in, he's limited and appears without much leverage to get a six year guaranteed deal. As it stands if they give in it sets a precedent where others in the locker room will follow suit.
 

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No sympathy for this guy's plight - appearing under that contract on Impact programming raised his value, now he wants to check out early on it. He was happy to sign it when he was a nobody and it was the best offer on the table. He should see it through and then make his demands.
 

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The creative did their best. Most US/Europe people don't know how much he sucks in the ring.
Lol, Killer Kross has improved his ring work greatly see his matches vs Cage and Willie Mack.That being said I think Kross is trying to strike while he can he'll be 34 soon so he needs to make his money. That also being said this sucks, the company has some momentum on and off screen for the first time maybe ever? And this is what we have to talk about this week leading into the debut of these new tapings from philly this week. It just seems this company is constantly fighting an uphill battle!
 

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IMPACT don't need him to survive. Put the $ elsewhere...
 
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Kross has been ok but if he leaves, he won't really be missed. It is strange timing as he has always been featured but there was reports that AEW was after big men so perhaps this is him trying to see if he can jump over to AEW.

MLW would be great for Kross with there mma style and some of Impact stars do both so that could be best option at minute.
 

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Never seen him much except for the match at Bound for Glory 2018 against Eddie Edwards & Tommy Dreamer so can't comment on him.
 

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On the latest episode of Behind the Lights, Anthony Carrelli (Santino Marella) & George the Iceman (owner of Destiny wrestling) both agreed that Killer Kross is currently the best professional wrestler in the world, calling him 'the complete package.'
I've watched him for the past year at Impact and I agree with their comments. I was quite surprised to see all the negative comments about him on here. I think part of the hate he gets is because he's been booked so poorly. Either that or he's being judged solely on in-ring ability which is slightly slow / methodical but that represents his wrestling style.
Funny thing is if he went elsewhere he wouldn't succeed - he isn't the right fit for any other promotions right now, unless he drastically changed his gimmick. It's a similar situation to when EC3 left I suppose.
 
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