David Starr Calls Gabe Sapolsky Out For Low Pay, Sapolsky Responds

David Starr has rallied against big promotions in the past, calling out WWE for accepting "Saudi blood money" and for failure to provide wrestlers with healthcare and benefits. Starr has also pushed for a union in wrestling.

Starr's latest target is EVOLVE and Gabe Sapolsky, who Starr called out for not paying wrestlers. The latest round in the issue began days ago when Starr posted an Instagram photo of Sapolsky blocking him on social media with the caption, "Remember how a WWE affiliate company and it’s booker blocked me because I asked them/him to actually pay their workers and not expect free labor?"

From there, Starr and Brian Cage had a discussion about the pay in EVOLVE in the comments section with Starr saying, "Meanwhile the wwe talent they use aren’t required to get a fee from evolve AND they are collecting money from workers for the seminars. From what I understand he’s still cramming 4 people in hotel rooms, not feeding workers or providing them water, and doesn’t cover everyone’s trans."

Cage stated he stopped working for EVOLVE in 2013, tired of working for "pennies" and believing he was worth more. Starr went on to say, "There is a power imbalance dynamic at evolve. Gabe knows a lot of people want to get to WWE and I know he holds that over workers heads (at minimum implicitly). It creates an feeling of inability to fight for yourself. That’s why we all need to stand with any worker that speaks for better treatment, more pay, etc. We have to stand together."

Starr continued things on Twitter on Monday, once again calling out Sapolsky for the lack of pay in EVOLVE.

Seemingly fed up with the accusations and slander, Sapolsky responded by refuting the comments of Starr and providing his own insight.

Sapolsky deleted the thread shortly after posting it and made the following statement.

Starr offered up the following response.

Starr caused waves among WWE NXT UK talent last June when he stepped on the NXT UK Championship during a bout with WALTER at OTT WrestleRama 3. Starr has continued to wrestle for PROGRESS and OTT. Both promotions have working relationships with WWE.

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