Several Lucha Underground stars feel that they are being held legally “hostage” under their current deals with the company. So far Joey Ryan, and Ivelisse have been the only stars to speak publicly on the situation.
Lucha Underground wrapped up Season 4 last year, and with Season 5 up in the air, several wrestlers are held in limbo from signing deals with other companies.
Ivelisse took to social media to state her grievances with the company. She states that it’s been 1 1/2 years she’s been battling with Lucha Underground.
She says the company convinced her to do Season 4, and allegedly promised her release after its conclusion. She claims the company is now not granting her release from the company.
Joey Ryan was asked about the possibility of joining All Elite Wrestling, and he states he is still under contract with Lucha Underground, which will prevent him from signing a contract with another company. Ryan is still able to fulfil independent bookings.
Joey Ryan showed is support for Ivelisse stating that prior to Season 4, the company told anyone who requested a release would be granted one. He states some did and left after the tapings, while others showed faith in the product, and now those who did are being punished for it.
Shane Strickland did manage to gain his release from the company, following interest from the WWE. His Lucha Underground contract prevented him from signing with the WWE. He now is a free agent.
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, other stars also feel the same way towards Lucha Underground. Many of the creative staff with the company feel for the stars, and it seems Lucha Underground GM Dorian Joaquín Roldán Peña is the one not granting releases.
Currently, no Season 5 for Lucha Underground has been solidified.
I back Ivelisse 100% on this. Prior to S4, we were told anybody who requested a release would be granted one. Some did and left after the tapings. Others showed faith in the product and now seems are being punished for it. With no S5 in sight, it’s petty to keep anyone locked up. https://t.co/sBluiCWamY
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) January 15, 2019
I’m currently under contract to Lucha Underground but am excited to see more competition and jobs throughout the industry. https://t.co/uELcJZXsPi
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) January 10, 2019
WWE Files Trademark For Possible New Characters
WWE filed three new trademarks on July 15, 2019.
As first reported by PWInsider, WWE filed trademarks for “Smackville”, “The O.C”, and “Shorty G”.
The only confirmed usage is the Smackville name, which is an up-coming WWE Network special on July 27, 2019.
Although not confirmed, several are speculating The O.C could stand for “Original Club”, in reference to Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and AJ Styles.
Below are the trademark filings from the United States Trademark Office.
Former Shane Strickland To Make 205 Live Debut This Tuesday
Isiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland is set to make his 205 Live debut this Tuesday against Drew Gulak.
— 205 Live (@WWE205Live) July 19, 2019
Scott signed with WWE earlier this year following a battle with Lucha Underground to be released from his contract. He had a successful run with MLW, as well as the independent scene.
Since debuting with NXT, he underwent a name change from Shane Strickland to Isiah “Swerve” Scott.
MJF Signs Multi-Year Deal With All Elite Wrestling
MJF has extended his current contract with All Elite Wrestling, converting it into a multi-year deal.
The company posted a video today on social media which shows MJF signing the new deal. MJF was initially signed to a short-team deal with the company in January.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) July 19, 2019
MJF also has a contract with Major League Wrestling, where he debuted in 2017. His MLW contract allows him to work outside the company.
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