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Impact Wrestling announced that it has terminated Eli Drake’s contract, effective immediately, putting out a statement that read:
“Impact Wrestling announced today that it has terminated its relationship with Shaun Ricker, known as ‘Eli Drake’.”
Drake’s contract was reportedly set to expire on May 31 and he had recently pushed back against some creative within the company. Specifically, Drake was booked to face Tessa Blanchard in an intergender match at Thursday’s United We Stand show, but he reportedly refused.
Drake has been forthcoming in looking at his future options. In a recent interview with The Wrestling Perspective podcast, Drake said: “It’s time to start thinking about what options I have. Should I stay or should I go? We will find out. There are so many options out there. How can I best boost my brand awareness and how can I put more money in my pocket? It’s a matter of figuring out what’s going to work best for me long-term.”