IWA Mid-South is facing criticism following their return to live events Friday night in Indianapolis, IN.
The promotion tweeted out a photo of a capacity crowd at the event, which shows the audience not adhering to social distancing protocol.
Promoter Ian Rotten took to Facebook to respond to critics, indicating he had 300 masks available for those who chose to wear one.
Yes, folks. The rumors are true. Last night, I took a club and beat 226 people over the head like they were baby seals and then took $20 out of each one of their pockets and made them sit there for 4 hours. I forced them to enjoy the hell out of themselves.
Seriously though, thank you to everyone whom came out and showed their support last night. I would say that I hoped you enjoyed yourself and that we entertained you, but then I would just be fishing for compliments because 90% of you told me on the way out the door what a great time you had. Thank you Indy.
We will see you in September.
Rotten claims that the ratio of those wearing masks was 60/40, despite photos posted on social media.
I had 300 masks available free of charge to anyone. Whether people chose to wear them or not was up to them. There are ridiculous reports saying that no one was wearing masks and I would definitely say the ratio was about 60:40 of people wearing vs not wearing.
I’m not going to require someone with respiratory problems, trauma triggers, asthma, severe anxiety, sensory disorders, etc., all of which I could never see with my naked eye, to wear a mask.
I believe the right thing to do was to provide fans with the masks and if they wanted to wear them, it was available and up to them. Knowing that, coming into the show itself is also up to those individuals.
To answer your question fully, no I won’t require someone to wear a mask but for those whom do want to, I will supply them. I believe that is as fair as I can be to each and every persons individual rights.
The event featured Impact Wrestling stars Michael Elgin and Jake Crist.