The Bluefield Daily Telegraph is featuring an article about indy wrestling promoter Ernest Mack Shell being arrested late Saturday afternoon after it was learned Shell had no money to pay the wrestlers or others who worked the event. Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department spoke at length about the incident after being hired to work the show.
“He had promised to pay and provide motel rooms for all of the wrestlers who appeared Saturday night. Two of the wrestlers, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Diamond Dallas Page flew in to participate in the event, but all of the others drove here. Some of them came from as far away as Nashville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., and other areas. Most drove 6-7 hours to be part of this.
The extra money would have come in handy with Christmas just a few weeks ago. The three of us didn’t get paid just like the wrestlers. But really, I think the ones who suffered the most were the people who came out in that weather Saturday night and didn’t get to see the event they paid to see,” Rose said. “Tickets were $20 and $25 for VIP tickets that were supposed to register the buyer for a 55-inch TV, but none of that happened. It was bad weather … really bad weather, and only about 150 people made it to the armory. Since the weather was that bad, he should have canceled the event.”
Promoter arrested for not paying