Alex Shelley Addresses His IMPACT Wrestling Status
Shelley took a leave of absence from wrestling during the COVID-19 pandemic
Alex Shelley has addressed his status with IMPACT Wrestling, having not featured for the promotion since December 2020.
Speaking with Fightful, Shelley said the following about his relationship with the company:
"It’s fine, I just don’t work for them. I wasn’t able to main event one of their pay-per-views and that was when COVID numbers spiked and due to my occupation outside wrestling, my company had restricted travel with new mandates and vaccines and so on and so forth. To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to be wrestling for IMPACT much longer. We had not agreed to that, let’s put it that way. Not that I have anything against them at all. I was so happy to come back and I was so thrilled with my time there to wrestle The North. I think The North are just incredible, Josh Alexander and [Ethan] Page both and it helped [Chris] Sabin come back and ease in after an ACL repair.”
Shelley said he’d love to return to IMPACT, but due to their roster depth and other commitments, it’s just not possible at this moment in time:
"But at the same time, they’ve just got so many guys on their roster. For me, scheduling wise actually, it works out quite a bit better to wrestle on the weekends currently because I do have a career outside wrestling. I can definitely say I have nothing but praise for IMPACT in its current incarnation. They do everything well. Scott D’Amore handles things amazingly. I really, really love being there. I would love to go back, I really would. But I’ve only got so much time. There’s only so many hours in a day,” Shelley said.
A former two time TNA/IMPACT Tag Champion with Chris Sabin as The Motor City Machine Guns, Shelley returned to the company at Slammiversary 2020, but had to step away from the business during the COVID-19 pandemic due to his outside commitments as a physical therapy clinician.
Shelley recently returned to wrestling, having performed for GCW and PWG earlier this month, whilst signing on for MLW’s Opera Cup.