A top Impact Wrestling star has asked for his release and it relates to creative and pay.
PWInsider reports that Killer Kross is unhappy with the multi-year contract he signed last year and he’s asked for a pay raise. Kross is basing the pay raise on what his market value could be outside of Impact. Presumably, the increased contract offers to various wrestlers from WWE and All Elite Wrestling likely played a part in his decision to ask for a pay raise.
Kross reportedly is unhappy with the current pay scale and he has pushed for a six-figure guaranteed deal, much more than he is currently making.
The story from Impact’s side is that Kross agreed to a deal last year while he was relatively unknown on a national level and Kross agreed to the terms offered to him. Impact reportedly countered with a new restructured three-year deal for Kross that would pay him by the date. However, he wants a guaranteed deal with a base salary.
Kross reportedly turned down the new restructured contract offer and then asked for his release last week so he could explore other options. It would not surprise me if he got an offer from WWE, AEW, ROH or NJPW because he is very good in the ring and on the microphone. Kross has done tryouts for WWE in the past and he appeared on at least one episode of Monday Night Raw a few years ago as an enhancement talent.
The latest on the story is that Impact has no plans to grant his release. He is still under contract for a few more years so he will not be able to sign anywhere for a long time unless Impact management has a change of heart. Kross will turn 34 years old in July so he would be in his late 30s before he would be able to sign with another company.