Earlier this month, there was a late change to the main event of Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view. Alex Shelley was replaced by Moose in a six-man tag team match that was eventually won by the Good Brothers and AEW world champion Kenny Omega.
At the time, there was reportedly an outbreak of COVID-19 affecting WWE, AEW, and Impact Wrestling. Shelley released a video explaining that he did not have COVID. He said things were “out of his control” and the situation was “very complex.”
Shelley has now provided another update that more clearly explains why he was pulled from the pay-per-view card. You can check it all out at his Twitter account:
“Most days out of the week, I look like this. I read theories about why I wasn’t at @IMPACTWRESTLING for Hard to Kill. They ranged from injury, to illness, to getting arrested, to harming my family members and attempting to cover it up; I am a physical therapy clinician.
Physio is my livelihood and career. Wrestling is my livelihood and passion project. At my company, due to the volume of sick and injured patients we are in care of, we modify our COVID-19 mandates as needed. As numbers went up, so did restrictiveness.
To circumvent the topic, I could not be at Hard To Kill due to my career. I respect the decisions made by our company surgeons and doctors: I look to them for advice and guidance. I am unable to travel and wrestle until I am vaccinated. I took every caution I could before...
But I don’t feel right maintaining this duality unless I take every possible safety measure. When the vaccine became available, that required extra security on my end and my company’s end for our patients. I honestly don’t want to get the vaccine so soon...
But I want to wrestle very badly while I help people in therapy. So there’s no option. @IMPACTWRESTLING was supportive and understanding and as someone who doesn’t have nor want a contract at this point, my hands were tied. Thanks for your support everyone.”
It’s good to read that Shelley is not injured nor ill, and that he’s acting in accordance with safety as a top priority.