TNA star EC3 issued the following statement on Facebook regarding pulling out of scheduled appearances in the UK for Southside and Preston City Wrestling.
“About 4/2 4/3 Southside and Preston Shows:
Unfortunately, due to a previously unforeseen opportunity to continue building a rapport between TNA Wrestling and one of our television network partners, I was forced to cancel my appearances with both Southside and Preston City Wrestling April 2-3. Cancelling is not something I take lightly.
It is the second time a similar, yet completely different, set of circumstances occurred and I was regrettably forced to do this.
It is unfortunate because of the embracing relationship the great UK fans allow performers like myself to share with them. It is unfortunate because the sterling reputation the UK independent scene has, is warranted (and something I have yet to experience.) It is unfortunate because at least a dozen fans promised to buy me a pint.
Briefly, I was scheduled for three appearances that weekend (one of which was cancelled, but you know, I understand those things happen.) Though I did not ask for a deposit (as a precautionary measure in case things of this nature happen, the promoter will not worry about having their money taken) nor were flight purchases made prior, I apologize if financial costs were incurred over advertising my appearance. In the future I promise to cover the difference necessary in putting a giant red X on my face.
Financially, if you care about mine (you shouldn’t, I’m a dude on TV), I guarantee I stand to lose the most. The UK specific tshirts and new EC3™ foam fingers aren’t going to sell themselves.
Accountability is something that is sorely lacking in our industry, so allow me to have some.
I am 100% liable for having to cancel these appearances. Do not blame TNA Wrestling. Do notblame their network affiliation. Do not blame Southside or Preston City. A set of circumstances arose and I had to make a decision, so blame me.
I promised to make it up to the promoters any way I could. If being the subject of a “press release” is the best way I could, then that is fair.
More importantly though, I’d like to make it up to the respective UK fans that purchased a ticket with a promise of my appearance. When the opportunity does arise, I will jump at that chance. Till then, feel free to contact me here via messenger or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do what I can to make it right.
Again, my sincerest apologies. Cheers.