Report: David Starr Leaves WXW After Pressure From WWE

WWE Continues To Wield Its Influence In European Independent Wrestling...

Over the weekend, German wrestling promotion wXw hosted their annual 16 Carat Gold tournament. Night two was main evented by Bobby Gunns vs. David Starr in a Title vs. Career match for the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship. Ultimately, Gunns shocked those in attendance as he retained his championship, ending The Cream In Your Coffee's career in the promotion. 

The decision was seemingly not one either Starr or wXw wanted to make as The Jewish Cannon tweeted: "I won’t go into further details regarding wXw on this platform and idk when/if I will in any public setting. Like I said, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences and that this mutual decision was one that neither of us wanted to make. I love wXw & always will." 

Ultimately, the German promotion has a working relationship with WWE, and Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that the wrestling behemoth pressured wXw into ending their relationship with Starr. "He didn't quit. The details are still forthcoming but essentially, WWE made it such that they could not work together anymore," Meltzer said. 

This comes soon after Starr stopped regularly appearing in PROGRESS Wrestling, another indie promotion with close ties to WWE. While Davey Wrestling did not overtly say WWE stopped them from working together, he revealed on his podcast that he and the promotion mutually parted ways as there was "a certain glass ceiling that I'm not allowed to break through."  

Starr's departure comes after The Bernie Sanders Of Professional Wrestling had drawn the ire of WWE in recent months. Since launching We The Independent, he has consistently criticised the company over their Superstars being classed as independent contractors. He then angered company officials when he stamped on the United Kingdom Championship back in June. Starr also got into a war of words with co-owner of EVOLVE, Gabe Sapolsky, which caused WWE to pressure the promoter into ensuring all of EVOLVE's employees are paid for their work. 

While he will no longer be able to appear in wXw, David Starr arguably has the biggest match of his career this weekend at OTT ScrapperMania 6 when he faces AEW World Champion Jon Moxley in the main event.

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