It was first reported earlier this month by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Impact Wrestlers were unhappy about paycheck issues. The story that was reported by Meltzer was that wrestlers were frustrated because they were being paid six weeks after making an appearance. Wrestlers oftentimes get paid on the night of the show if they book their own independent appearance away from Impact. There is unhappiness because the feeling is that they have to lose out on independent dates (and immediate pay) if they are booked for Impact shows.
Now, PWInsider is reporting that talents have yet to be paid for the January TV tapings that were held in Orlando, Flordia. Several talents have also alleged that they were not paid for the Bound For Glory pay-per-view and TV tapings that took place in early November.
The concern is that these payment issues will continue and they might not get paid until the next set of tapings in late April.
In response to the recent story, Ed Nordholm sent the following statement to PWInsider:
“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.”
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