Killer Kross is now a free agent.
After months of back and forth between Impact Wrestling and Killer Kross, Fightful Select confirmed on Wednesday that he's now a free agent. His contract expired, and the deal was not rolled over for the additional year.
Kross and Impact had been at odds since earlier this year, but he wasn't provided his release as requested. He last appeared at Impact's Slammiversary show, losing to Eddie Edwards. Since then, a series of issues had emerged involving Kross preferring not to blade during the match with a lack of medical staff present, in addition to issues in regards to quartertly merchandise statements not being provided. There was also word that some in Impact prevented Kross from appearing at AAA's New York show in September.
This summer, Kross appeared on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast and shared some of this thoughts on his situation.
“If you don’t have guarantees and you’re not clearing enough, hypothetically, to pay for health insurance, there’s a lot of pitfalls in pro wrestling. Nowadays, there’s a certain level of compliance…a certain level of ‘this is an opportunity, and you should take it because it’s all you got right now’ that’s promoted. And people aren’t thinking about what could happen if it goes wrong. I could do the Indy stuff, but I think that’s a short-term solution and it could go up in flames.
It’s the phobia of [my career] being over faster than I anticipated and having nothing to show for it when you have to take care of people. I personally don’t really need much. But when you have people to take care of, circumstances change. Getting told to get another job, by your job, that’s fucked up. You’re struggling to make ends meet, and the job you have is telling you to take another job, so you can keep that job. It’s like working at a corporation being told to go work at McDonald’s.”
IMPACT Wrestling confirmed Kross' release, putting out the following statement on their website.
IMPACT Wrestling has come to terms on the release of Kevin Kesar (Killer Kross).
In the meantime, Kross has been performing on Future Stars of Wrestling, AAA, and other promotions, in addition to being featured at Starrcast events in Chicago and Las Vegas. Fightful has spoken to talent across various companies that have spoken of their desire to work with Kross, who has a background in mixed martial arts.
Kross released the following teaser video to coincide with the news of his status.
Fightful has confirmed that he does not have a no-compete clause.