WWE’s UK expansion is already affecting independent promotions in the region. All of the UK talent signed to a WWE deal are prohibited from wrestling on shows that would air on TV or iPPV. Two promotions have announced changes to their upcoming cards.
IPW: UK has announced that Pete Dunn is off their FloSlam iPPV on Sunday. Dunne will still wrestle but his match will just be for the fans in attendance. His original opponent, Matt Riddle, will now face Ryan Smile. Dunne will face Tom Dawkins. Joseph Conners has also been pulled from the show.
IPW: UK announced the following:
Unfortunately in the early hours of this morning we learnt that due to contractual obligations with the WWE, certain wrestlers will be unable to appear on our FloSlam live broadcast this Sunday, namely in this instance, Pete Dunne and Joseph Conners.
We have acted quickly to rectify the situation. Pete Dunne remains on the bill and will take on Tom Dawkins in a bonus match for the live audience only.
Matt Riddle will now face off against a man who is making waves all around the country – the arrogant but talented “All Day Star” Ryan Smile!
Havoc’s Army will now be re-enforced with the muscle man Adam “Flex” Maxted in the main event, with Joseph Conners stepping aside for the event.
Tickets are still available, all announced wrestlers will still make the meet and greet for those with VIP packages. Info at: http://www.ipwuk.com/events
Dunne has also been pulled from the innaugural Lucha Forever event that will air on FloSlam on April 17. Shane Strickland will now face Travis Banks.
— Lucha Forever (@LuchaForeverUK) January 19, 2017