Impact star Killer Kross has come clean in regards to why he asked for his release from the company, and claims his bosses suggested he get a second job after denying the request.
Kross was a guest on the latest Wrestling Perspective podcast and confirmed that reports stating he asked for his release were “one hundred percent true.”
As reported by PWInsider, Killer Kross was looking to get a new six-figure deal with guaranteed money. Impact, however, countered with a restructured three year contract worth well below that.
“I will humbly say that I barely even existed to the pro wrestling world — or the industry — prior to IMPACT Wrestling,” said Kross. “I’ve never asked, in my opinion, for anything that I didn’t think that I deserved. I didn’t think that I would be asking for anything I couldn’t contribute back. I was led to believe that it was not available.”
Adding, “If you get to a job and you are told that something you’re looking for is not available and then you come to find out six months later that that’s not true, it has been available and other people have it … you can imagine that you’d be a little disparaged.”
Kross then explained that his personal circumstances have changed over the past year and he now has family he has to take care of, which is one of the other reasons he asked for a raise.
“I personally really don’t really need much,” he continued. “But it’s just different when you have people to take care of, circumstances change in life. You can’t anticipate it.”
“Being told to go get another job by your job, that’s f*cked up. You’re struggling to make ends meet taking care of people, and the job that you can barely afford to have tells you to go get another job so you can keep that job. It’s like working at a corporation being told to go work at McDonald’s. It’s a weird feeling,” Kross admitted.
Killer Kross is allowed to take indie bookings per his Impact contract, but the wrestler believes it’s a short-term solution that could go up in flames should he get injured.
Kross concluded on the subject saying: “Speaking between the lines, I found out how much people are being paid and I wanted to be paid on the same scale as that. I wasn’t asking for anything that was honestly unreasonable. In all sincerity. And I’m not gonna bullsh*t you guys. I really wasn’t. That’s ok if the company does not agree that I am worth that. I will not take offense to that. That’s ok. It’s not my company. I’m just an employee. And I’m not saying that because I think I’m supposed to say that. But if they really feel that way after one year, if they feel that I’m not worth what I’m asking … professionally, kindfully, please … let me go somewhere else and I will prove it to everyone that I can draw what I’m asking for.”
As it currently stands, Kross and Impact are still working together. At least for now.
Listen to the full interview HERE.