Alex Hammerstone Says ‘Communication has Been Sparse’ With MLW Regarding Release Request

Alex Hammerstone hopes he and MLW can find a resolution.

Fightful Select recently reported that former MLW World Heavyweight Champion Alex Hammerstone requested his MLW release, and MLW did not intend to grant it. Hammerstone then confirmed that he asked for his release, and he thanked MLW CEO Court Bauer for the opportunities.

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On November 8, Hammerstone took to social media to provide an update. He stated that he has tried speaking with Bauer, but he has been unable to do so. Hammerstone noted that those in the office that he has been able to speak with told him that they were working towards a release. However, as Fightful Select reported, MLW's side stated that they did not plan to release Hammerstone.

“I just wanted to take a second to jump on here and talk to you guys. I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments. Has MLW released me? Are they gonna release me? What’s my future in wrestling look like? So I kind of want to give an update. Unfortunately, the update is that I am not really sure at this point. Before I continue, the point of this video is not to bash the company. It’s not to talk negatively about anybody. It’s just to be an update on the situation as I currently understand it. Now this whole situation kind of broke to the news and the dirt sheets just recently, but it’s actually been ongoing for a couple months now. The communication on that end to me has been sparse, to put it nicely. I’ve tried several times to get on the phone with Court Bauer. It hasn’t happened, unfortunately. The people in the office that I have been related to speaking with, the last I was told was that they were actually working towards a release. However, that was several weeks ago at this point. Then when they broke the story to the dirt sheets, they told them that they had actually no intention of releasing me. So I’m not sure if there’s a miscommunication somewhere, or if I was simply told that just to kind of shut me up and make me leave them alone for a little while. But like I said, I’m trying to leave the emotion and the options out of this and just give you the facts of this and just give you the facts of my situation," Hammerstone said.

Hammerstone went on to state that he has not worked for the company in over 100 days, he has been removed from the active roster page and promotional materials, and he has not been contacted for any upcoming dates. Hammerstone then stated that the company has made it clear that they don't intend to use him, but he hopes they can find a resolution.

"The facts are this: I have not worked for the company in well over 100 days at this point. They removed me from their active roster page, they removed me from all current marketing material. They edited me out of the show intro and highlights and those sort of things. I have not been contacted for any dates moving forward. Several dates have come and passed. I wasn’t contacted to work those, and I have not been contacted for their upcoming shows. It’s been made pretty apparent to me at this point that they have no intention of using me moving forward, but their official statement was that they have no intention of releasing me. So I’m not sure if I’m being punished, just for asking if that was a possibility, or if there’s a miscommunication somewhere. Unfortunately, that’s the best I can update you guys with right now. I’m trying to stay optimistic and just trying to move forward one day at a time. I love this business, I love this sport, and I want to continue doing it on a high level. Hopefully, there’s a resolution to this situation soon, but that’s all I can tell you right now," Hammerstone said.

Hammerstone's MLW contract runs through the end of 2025. Fightful Select's report noted that there were issues with a show in September, as Hammerstone had asked off due to a prior obligation, and once he became available, the budget was not there to add him to the event.

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